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Ynys Môn MP declares herself an ‘Atomic Kitten’ as she calls for small nuclear reactor on the island

21 Jan 2022 3 minute read
Virginia Crosbie, left, and Wylfa Power Station. Picture: Andrew Woodvine (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The MP for Ynys Môn has declared herself an “Atomic Kitten” as she called for installing small nuclear reactors across the UK, including in her own constituency on Anglesey.

Trawsfynydd and Wylfa are two sites expected to be in line for new mini-reactors as part of a bid by a consortium led by Rolls-Royce to build five £2bn small modular reactors by 2031.

Last month it was announced today that the Qatar Investment Authority will invest £85m into the project, which now has total funding of £490m.

Leading a debate at Westminster Hall, Virginia Crosbie said that “my nickname is Atomic Kitten,” and said that the small nuclear reactors were crucial to solving the UK’s “ongoing energy security and our ambitious goal to achieve net zero”.

“In the ’50s and ’60s we led the way with nuclear and nuclear export,” she said. “This is an opportunity for us to get back to where we were, leading in a sector that is so vital for our energy security. That is very important for jobs, and it will create skilled jobs in my constituency and across Wales and the UK.”

She argued that there was an opportunity to site other clean energy projects alongside the small nuclear reactors.

“Such co-location is not new; the original Wylfa power station was established to provide power to Anglesey Aluminium,” she said.

‘Dangerous’

The UK Government had previously announced that they would match a £245m investment made by a consortium made up of Rolls-Royce, BNF Resources and the US generator Exelon Generation with £210 of their own.

Responding to Virginia Crosbie, the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, Greg Hands, said that he would be visiting Ynys Mon later this year “as the home of the former Wylfa nuclear power station and the site of the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant”.

“The Government fully support the development of small modular reactors and the exciting opportunities, both in terms of energy security and of reaching net zero, that new nuclear can offer the UK.

“We have demonstrated our serious interest in building nuclear capacity in the UK, and over the past year we have made decisions that boost investors’ and businesses’ confidence in investing in UK nuclear.”

Plans for new nuclear reactors have however already attracted opposition in Wales. Anti-nuclear groups have already criticised the plans, saying that the emphasis should be placed on green renewable energy instead.

Dylan Morgan of PAWB (People Against Wylfa B) said in October: “We have an immediate crisis now. Building huge reactors at a nuclear power station take at least 15 years.

“Nuclear power is slow, dangerous and extortionately expensive. It will do nothing to address the current energy crisis, neither will it be effective to counter climate change.

“The UK and Welsh governments should divert resources and support away from wasteful and outdated nuclear power projects towards developing renewable technologies that are much cheaper and can provide faster and more sustainable solutions to the energy crisis and the challenges of climate change.”


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
8 months ago

She’s lying, her nickname is really Radioactive Dog.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
8 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

We’ve got one of them…a border collie from Traws…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
8 months ago

I would not crow to loud Ms Crosby, you will be history after the next election…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago

Personally, I would refer to her by more fruitier language. Atomic Kitten she is not. Conservative Crud is a more accurate description.

Last edited 8 months ago by Y Cymro
hdavies15
hdavies15
8 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

…..or Toxic Pussy ?

Grayham Jones
8 months ago

Kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Anglesey are a disgrace for voting for English party stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
8 months ago

Real name “Queen Strontium 90”.
I wonder where, if you were English, would you bury the waste for a million years?

Last edited 8 months ago by I.Humphrys
Argol Fawr!
Argol Fawr!
8 months ago

I don’t need a dolphin trainer to help me decide on the merits and drawbacks of NP. Especially a tory MP who follows Johnston without protest. Good grief, what gall.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
8 months ago

“…the original Wylfa power station was established to provide power to Anglesey Aluminium,” she said.”
But you Tories allowed that to close and now there is not enough demand on Mon to justify a mini-nuke. Site it in Deesside where the demand is and reduce transmission losses and delivery costs.

Argol Fawr!
Argol Fawr!
8 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

We can then export it across the border at a higher profit come independence. 😊

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
8 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

If these NUke are supposed to be part of a Tory response to Climate Breakdown it would be much more sensioble to locate this new reactor at Heathrow and shut down the airport. Building it there would provide lots of jobs for former Heathrow employees, and the closure of the airport would make a significant dent in the air pollution in London and the UK’s carbon emissions. The site is really close to where there is lots of demand for electricity 24/7 so transmission losses would tbe tiny. What’s not to like about that?

Dave
Dave
8 months ago

Atomic Kitten’s hits

Eternal Flame – Chernobyl
The Tide is High – Fukushima

borrowed from elsewhere

Gareth Cemlyn Jones
Gareth Cemlyn Jones
8 months ago

I have heard alternative nicknames for this lady on Ynys Mon which has more to do with opportunist climbing plants sharing the same initials and first name!

Aled Rees
Aled Rees
8 months ago

Why not say it.Parasite.please let this toxic pussy be voted out next time.

Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas
8 months ago

She knows, after the next General Election, that there’s a job waiting for her promoting nuclear. Very shrewd business people these Tories.

Kurt C
Kurt C
8 months ago

Just using us as a nuclear site for England. We don’t even need the capacity.

G Horton-Jones
G Horton-Jones
8 months ago

England benefits. Wales takes all the waste disposal and decommissioning costs. Sounds like a rerun of our coal industry or was it really ours

Patrick Brooke
Patrick Brooke
8 months ago

i bet you lot would not say what you have written to her face. She is the elected representative by 2,000 votes

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