Cumbria has a proud nuclear heritage.
Calder Hall at Sellafield was the world’s first full-scale commercial nuclear power station.
When Queen Elizabeth II switched it on in 1956 it signalled the dawn of a new era - an era that would provide thousands of high-skilled, well-paid, local jobs.
And with it, Sellafield became the centre of nuclear energy in Britain, turbocharging the local economy with tens of thousands of jobs and low-carbon energy.
But since then, we have fallen behind and Cumbria has missed out on the investment and good quality local jobs that come with new nuclear. It’s been 20 years since nuclear power was generated at Sellafield.
There could be new nuclear power in Cumbria, delivering jobs for the region, and clean energy for the whole country.
But we need Government to back it.