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Unions Announce Copeland Hustings

Friday, February 10, 2017

 

 

This hustings will give nuclear workers and their families the opportunity to ask vital questions to the by-election candidates on the future of the nuclear industry in Copeland say unions.

GMB,Unite and ASLEF Unions, representing workers in the nuclear sector, have invited all candidates for the upcoming by-election in Copeland to a hustings on Wednesday, 15 February 2017.

This hustings will be an opportunity for nuclear workers and their families to listen to the candidates and put questions to them on the future of the nuclear industry in Copeland.

Copeland parliamentary constituency is home to Sellafield nuclear reprocessing and decommissioning site with nearly 11,000 directly employed staff.

There are also proposals to build Moorside Nuclear Power Station in the constituency which would provide employment for thousands during the construction and operational stages bringing billions of pounds into the local and regional economy.

The hustings will take place Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 7.00pm at the following location:

Whitehaven Golf Club

Red Lonning

Whitehaven

Cumbria

CA28 8UD

The by-election takes place on Thursday, 23 February and candidates from the main parties have been invited:

Rebecca Hanson, Liberal Democrats

Trudy Harrison, Conservative

Jack Lenox, Green

Fiona Mills, UKIP

Gill Troughton, Labour

A spokesperson for the unions said:

"This hustings will give nuclear workers and their families the opportunity to ask vital questions to the by-election candidates on the future of the nuclear industry in Copeland.

“They will know that Sellafield is a major employer in the constituency and with the possibility of Moorside Nuclear Power Station being built in the near future, bringing billions of pounds into the economy and providing employment to thousands, must be ready to answer vitally important questions on their, and their parties view, on nuclear power.

“The candidates will also know that the government is threatening pension cuts for 16,000 nuclear workers throughout the country which could have an impact on this by-election.”

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Contact: GMB press office: 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk;

Contact: GMB press office: 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk; 

Unite Press office on Shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org; or 07977 498794 or richmondk@aslef.org.uk

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