Hinkley gets the go-ahead

gettyimages-545041518Yesterday the Prime Minister quizzed me in person about Hinkley C.  She also invited the Leader of Sedgemoor District Council to see her. It is Sedgemoor, after all, which has been at the forefront of all the issues of planning and compensation throughout the very long process of developing Britain’s first new nuclear plant for a generation.  It is Sedgemoor that will coordinate much of the regional effort to capitalise on Hinkley in the future. Mrs May told us we would not have long to wait for her final decision and it came just after noon today when the Cabinet Minister responsible made a detailed statement to the House of Commons. In brief the Government will now sign a contract with EDF. The only change is an agreement that EDF will not be able to sell on its interest in the power plant in the future.