Look at the list of Labour Party politicians (and their spouses) who are open to the susupicion of having been corrupted by nuclear industry
These are from Donnachadh McCarthy’s new book The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Has Been Bought,
Former Energy Minister Brian Wilson became a non-executive director of Amec Nuclear, a client of BNFL.
Former Energy Minister Helen Liddell was hired to provide “strategic advice” by the former nuclear corporation British Energy.
Former Secretary of State John Hutton, who as Labour Business Secretary, published the government White Paper on government plans to build new nuclear stations, was appointed Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association in 2011. He also joined the advisory board of US nuclear corporation Hyperion Power Generation in July 2010.
Colin Byrne, Labour Party’s former chief press officer, headed up lobbying giant Weber Shandwick’s UK arm, which BNFL hired to lobby for new nuclear plants.
Gordon Brown’s brother, Andrew Brown, was nuclear giant EdF’s head of media relations in the UK.
Yvette Cooper was the Planning Minister who introduced fast-track planning for nuclear power stations. Her father was chair of nuclear lobbyists, the Nuclear Industry Association and is a director on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Alan Donnelly, former leader of Labour MEPs, runs the lobbying company Sovereign Strategy, which represented US nuclear engineering giant Fluor. His website promised “pathways to the decision makers in national governments”. Donnelly funded former Labour leadership contender David Miliband’s constituency office refurbishment.
Former Labour Minister Jack Cunningham was legislative chair of the Transatlantic Nuclear Energy Forum, an organisation founded by lobbyist Alan Donnelly to foster “strong relationships” between nuclear power companies and governments.
David Sainsbury, Labour Minister for Science from 1998 to 2006 told the House of Lords that he regarded nuclear power as a form of renewable energy.
Ed Miliband’s barrister wife Justine Thornton advised EdF Energy on its Development Consent Order for a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.
But, hey, this is a game anyone can play. Add your own examples.
Here for starters is another – Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah Brown – a founding partner of Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications, the PR company which handled all the phony DECC “consultations” for more nuclear power in 2007-2010.
Dr Ian Fairlie www.ianfairlie.org