Stop Hinkley Press Release
8th June 2008
Stop Hinkley steps up campaign
Stop Hinkley has appointed a high-flying new campaigner in response to EdF's plans to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. David Taylor, former Regional Director of the successful 'No' campaign against the Euro, was also at different times Senior Assistant to an Independent Euro MP for the South West, and Number 1 Green Party European candidate for the region. He has been active in successful campaigns against Cruise Missiles at Greenham Common and USAF Molesworth, contributed to the demolition of a new nuclear incinerator at Hinkley Point and has demonstrated against Hinkley, Oldbury and Sizewell nuclear power stations.
David is part of an expanding team of Stop Hinkley campaigners which includes a former physics teacher at East Bridgwater community school and a former Bath Friends of the Earth campaigner.
Alan Jeffery from Blacklands in Bridgwater and Richard Carder in Bath both gave evidence in the previous Hinkley C inquiry held in 1988-89 and have followed the sudden revival of nuclear power with a sceptical interest.
The three join the existing team of campaigners.
Jim Duffy, Stop Hinkley Coordinator said: "Electricite de France with its vast spending power is proceeding apace with plans to put up the largest nuclear reactors in the world at Hinkley backed by the UK and French Governments. Our supporters want us to do our utmost to stop this and save future generations the risk of nuclear waste and accidents. David, with his vast media and political experience, will boost our efforts to get our message out clearly and widely, backed with the special expertise of Alan and Richard in physics and renewable energy, together with their local networking.
David Taylor said: "I'm delighted to join this crucial campaign. EdF's plans, if achieved, will make Hinkley Point even more of a target for terrorists and will undoubtedly add to the excess of cancers and leukaemia already occurring in the area. Their plans, possibly for two reactors, would create a monstrous eyesore, and something that is useless in the fight to prevent climate change - which is likely to already be out of control by the time these reactors are ready to start up."
Jim Duffy, Stop Hinkley Coordinator, 07968 974805
David Taylor, Alan Jeffery and Richard Carder were appointed as 'Spokesman', 'Assistant Coordinator' and 'North Somerset Representative' respectively at a Stop Hinkley meeting on 7th June in Bridgwater.