THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS

THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS



MINISTER BACKS ROAD LINKS IMPROVEMENTS

Thursday, March 07, 2002

By Dave Siddall

Minister of State for Work, Nick Brown visited Sellafield on Friday and spoke afterwards of his backing for road improvements for West Cumbria.

Mr Brown had come at the invitation of the GMB trade union.

In his previous position as GMB legal officer he helped nuclear workers by steering through the Sellafield workers' compensation scheme for staff who die or suffer from disease attributed to their work with radiation.

Mr Brown said after seeing B205, Thorp and Westlakes: "It is clear that transport links for West Cumbria are crucial.

"I will be supporting that agenda at every opportunity.''

Mr Brown is known to be a close adviser to the chancellor Gordon Brown.

Asked by The Whitehaven News if he could offer any support for the nuclear industry bid to build more reactors in the future Mr Brown said: "That will have to be a commercial judgement based on demand. Any such decision on new reactors will have to be private sector driven.''

Among those meeting the Minister were Workington MP Tony Cunningham, Sellafield Convenor's leader Peter Kane and GMB Regional Secretary Kevin Curran.