Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, responding to the final go ahead of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station today, said:

“This is an important project and it is right that Hinkley Point C has received the final go ahead because of the role it will play as part of our energy mix, the 26,000 high-skilled jobs it will create and the £18bn investment that the UK desperately needs.

“Labour have said repeatedly that the Tory Government negotiated too high a price for the power that Hinkley C will generate. As the Government undertook to review all components of the deal this summer, it is extraordinary that they have not reviewed the price per unit of power, and saddled consumers with a bill that has already increased from £6bn to £30bn.

“What we desperately need from the Government is to get on with the job in hand which is to provide a well thought out strategy to deal with the future energy challenges our country will face. In this regard it is vital that they publish their much delayed carbon plan setting out clear steps to deliver the country’s low-carbon future.”

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