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Top Labour donor joins campaign to stop Hinkley

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 21:40:35 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 21:40:35

Government wasting billions of taxpayers’ money on nuclear power, warns Dale Vince Aaron Chown/PA Millionaire Labour donor Dale Vince has joined a campaign to block Britain’s biggest nuclear power station project

Government wasting billions of taxpayers’ money on nuclear power, warns Dale Vince

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Millionaire Labour donor Dale Vince has joined a campaign to block Britain’s biggest nuclear power station project.

The entrepreneur, who founded green energy company Ecotricity, has emerged as a patron to Stop Hinkley after accusing the Government of wasting billions of pounds.

He said the decision to use taxpayer money to fund Hinkley Point C, which is under construction in Somerset, was flawed because nuclear technology is “hugely expensive and slow to develop”. 

His comments will be sure to raise questions for Ed Miliband, Labour’s shadow energy secretary, who has vowed to invest in nuclear energy. 

The Opposition has accepted around £1.5m in donations over the past decade from Mr Vince, who severed ties with Just Stop Oil last year as part of his commitment to Labour. 

The costs surrounding Hinkley have already risen to £46bn, compared to £18bn when it was commissioned a decade ago – making it one of the UK’s most expensive infrastructure projects ever.

Mr Vince said: “I’m really pleased to be a patron of the Stop Hinkley campaign which is working to stop the Government wasting billions of taxpayers’ money on a technology which is hugely expensive and slow to develop.”

The significance of a key green industrialist joining a campaign against nuclear, which the Government has promoted as a green technology, will not be lost on ministers or Mr Miliband.

Mr Vince founded Ecotricity in 1996 to supply customers with 100pc renewable electricity, excluding nuclear. 

In 2004, he was awarded an OBE for services to the environment and was appointed the UN Ambassador for Climate Change in 2019. 

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