Last Friday I was honoured to be asked to officially open the new extension of the Zero Harm Centre at Heysham 2 Nuclear Power Station.
As many of you know I am a staunch supporter of the nuclear power industry not least because it is the biggest employer in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
Every time I visit Heysham 2 I am always extremely impressed with the rigorous safety procedures on the site and with the dedication of the staff to their work.
Heysham 2 is a huge asset to our national energy generation, in 2014 it had the highest output of any nuclear power station to date.
Putting this into perspective the station generated 10.44 terawatt hours of electricity which could power the whole of the UK for 10 days or enough low carbon energy for the whole of Greater Manchester every day for a year.
On Friday evening I attended a charity event in Blackpool to raise money for Donna’s dream house.
Donna’s dream house is a facility in Blackpool, which provides free holidays to children who have life threatening illnesses and their families, the charity helps families from all over the North West and I know some of my constituents are heavily involved in fundraising for the charity.
Last week in Parliament I participated in an urgent question on the political situation in the Ukraine.
I am deeply concerned that the current sanctions imposed on Russia are not working and I therefore asked the Secretary of State for Defence that if these sanctions were to fail what would further sanctions be. Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond MP assured me that at the moment there are sanctions on individuals and tier three sanctions which restrict export and trade with certain sectors of the Russian Economy.
Further sanctions could include extending both of those lists which would put pressure on the Russian Economy, negating the impact to the UK economy by ensuring the sanctions are disadvantageous to Russia.
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