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‘I will keep fighting for new nuclear at Wylfa at every opportunity until I see spades in the ground’ – Virginia Crosbie

11 Sep 2023 6 minute read
Virginia Crosbie, left, and Wylfa Power Station. Picture by Reading Tom (CC BY 2.0)

Virginia Crosbie, Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn 

With Nuclear Week in Parliament this week, there is an opportunity to highlight why I am determined to bring new nuclear to Wylfa.

Since the island elected me in 2019 I have continued to fight to raise the profile of Ynys Môn on the global stage and have been successful in bringing investment and generating exciting new opportunities for local people.

The UK Government is committed to levelling up places like Ynys Môn, as evidenced by £26m for our Anglesey Freeport, £20m for the Holyhead Breakwater refurbishment, £17m from the Levelling Up Fund, £16m Shared Prosperity funding, £3m Community Renewal funding and almost £1m from the Safer Streets Fund.

Anglesey Freeport marks the start of our economic renaissance. The Freeport covers the whole island which means that both businesses already based here and new organisations setting up here will enjoy the benefits of freeport status. Local people deserve a good income and a future on Ynys Môn and that means we need high-quality skilled jobs.

My dad had to leave Wales to find work. Secure well-paid long-term local employment will stem the loss of our young people who currently leave in search of careers elsewhere, taking with them our Welsh language and breaking up our communities.

I am determined to make a success of our freeport which is why you will see me bringing companies around the island like GE-Hitachi, KEPCO, Westinghouse, Airbus, Rolls Royce SMR, Moltex and Bechtel. Many of these organisations have average salaries almost twice those on Ynys Môn and are keen to invest and bring new good-quality jobs here. Our first Freeport success is Westinghouse who have set up a de-commissioning operation at M-SParc creating 15 new jobs with more to come.

I will not stop here.

I have campaigned for new nuclear at Wylfa as it will bring thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of well-paid permanent roles to Ynys Môn.

The £120m Future Nuclear Enabling Fund was launched at Wylfa; Wylfa is now recognised as one of the best sites for new nuclear in the UK. I have mentioned Wylfa more than 58 times in the House of Commons, led Westminster debates, sat on the Nuclear Financing Bill Committee and championed green taxonomy for nuclear.

I am Vice Chair of the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Nuclear, Chair of the Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) APPG and the Nuclear Delivery Group. I hosted Nuclear Week in Westminster and regularly speak at conferences and write articles.

Energy Island

Ynys Môn is known as “energy island” because we have wind, wave, solar, tidal and hydrogen. I have been a cheerleader for the BP Mona offshore wind project and have helped the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub unlock £4.8m of funding from the UK Government. I have supported Morlais pushing the UK Government to ringfence funding for tidal energy, which they did in the Contract for Difference Round 4 funding.

As we have seen over the last year, global energy supplies have been disrupted and weaponised by the likes of Putin, causing household bills to soar and economic growth to slow around the world. It is therefore essential that the UK has energy independence and security.

We cannot have energy security without nuclear. The reality is the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow. Germany’s experience has shown that an all renewables based electricity grid with no nuclear is not possible. It creates an expensive and difficult to manage Grid that relies on imports of foreign electricity – more often than not French nuclear electricity flowing to light German homes.

Virginia Crosbie

Here in the UK, nuclear has been a bastion of our energy security since the 1950s and we need to build more. We will need twice as much power by 2050 as we have today, and almost all of our nuclear fleet will be gone in five years. Even building Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will only get us back to where we were in 1983.

A schedule of new nuclear plant construction and deployment is vital to ensure that the necessary skills and supply chain can grow to deliver this ambition. That is why we have formed Great British Nuclear (GBN), headed up by the brilliant Gwen Parry Jones, who lives right here on our island.

I am sure that Gwen, the rest of GBN, and the UK Government recognise that this schedule must include new nuclear at Wylfa and at Trawsfynydd in the first wave of new projects.

High-paying employment

Wylfa is recognised as one of the best sites for new nuclear in the UK and was specifically named in the UK Government’s British Energy Security Strategy. With abundant, geologically stable land with good access to cooling water and a willing and skilled host community, Wylfa is an ideal place to site one of our next generation nuclear power stations, helping to provide skilled, stable and high paying employment for years to come.

I will keep fighting for new nuclear at Wylfa at every opportunity until I see spades in the ground.

Over half of our island’s population speak Welsh which is why my first Early Day Motion in the House of Commons was about the importance of the Welsh language.

When the island elected me I committed to learn Welsh and I continue to do all I can to promote and sustain it.

I am delighted that money from the UK Government’s £2.7m Community Renewal Fund has been used to protect and expand the use of the Welsh language under the Iaith Môn scheme.

The best way I can protect our Welsh language and culture is by ensuring that there is good quality employment on Ynys Môn. This is why I am determined to make a success of our Anglesey Freeport, bring new nuclear to Wylfa and attract high quality investment.

I am determined to continue to deliver the opportunities Anglesey needs to protect our Welsh language and culture and ensure people across our island have a bright future – and that future is on Ynys Môn.


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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
7 months ago

The sea levels are rising and this lady will stop at nothing to put a nuclear power plant next to the sea.

saveenergy
saveenergy
7 months ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

“The sea levels are rising”

Indeed they are;
on average by 1.8mm (the thickness of your thumbnail ) / year = 7 inch/century

saveenergy
saveenergy
7 months ago
Reply to  saveenergy

Why would anyone vote down a verifiable fact ??
It’s data from NASA, NOAA, IPCC, PSMSL, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Silenced!
Silenced!
7 months ago
Reply to  saveenergy

Because it’s not verifiable fact. I just verified it. NOAA says globally 10-12 inches by 2050 (a mere 27 years away) if it increases steadily AT THIS RATE. Yet the rate is speeding up.
Post lies, get downvoted.

karl
karl
7 months ago

She hates Ynys Mon. We do not need nuclear. This is just to feed Egnland again, offload the troubles elsewhere.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
7 months ago

And she will support her Tory colleagues in their endeavour to purchase more 2nd,3rd 4th …homes on Ynys Mon..

Bethan
Bethan
7 months ago

Hmm. There is not one thing I read in this article that makes me support this woman. That’s about as polite as I can be.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

Virginia is one of Baroness Anne Jenkin’s and Theresa May’s ‘Women to Win’ along with straight talking Gillian Keegan, Badenough, Coffey, Braverman, Penny Mordant adding up to 68 in total…they all have certain traits in common, none of them very pleasant…strange brew, all a bit Lady Macbeth.

Robert Parry
7 months ago

Robert Parry

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
7 months ago

What a long rambling desperate pitch for retention at the next election. She knows she is only there because of the Bojo cult nonsense. She quotes big figures flanked by £s and Ms in an attempt to impress, speaks of high paying jobs (for CEOs and directors), support of the Welsh language (without supporting measures to curb second home ownership) and without going back to count again, she mentions ‘Ynys Mon’ 8 times (and slips to ‘Anglesey’ 4 times). Rather than blowing smoke up the locals’ backsides, she could actually bolster her popularity by insisting that the island be referred… Read more »

Tim Edwards
Tim Edwards
7 months ago

Nuclear energy is a trap. Dr. Paul Dorfman, chair of the Nuclear Consulting Group, former secretary to the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Internal Radiation, and Visiting Fellow, University of Sussex, said: “It’s important to understand that nuclear is very likely to be a significant climate casualty. For cooling purposes nuclear reactors need to be situated by large bodies of water, which means either by the coast or inland by rivers or large water courses. Sea levels are rising much quicker than we had thought and inland the rivers are heating up, potentially drying up, and also subject to significant… Read more »

saveenergy
saveenergy
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim Edwards

“The key issue for coastal nuclear is storm surge, which is basically where atmospheric conditions meet high tide, which is essentially what happened in Fukushima.” No, Fukushima was hit by a 14 m tsunami wave generated by a 9.1 magnitude under sea mega-thrust earthquake [ The earthquake also moved Honshu 2.4 m (8 ft) east, shifted the Earth on its axis by estimates of between 10 cm (4 in) and 25 cm (10 in) & caused sinking of part of Honshu’s Pacific coast by roughly a metre ]. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. The plant shut down correctly triggered by the… Read more »

Richard 1
Richard 1
7 months ago

The nuclear kitten is flogging a dead horse. Nuclear depends on uranium which it emits to the atmosphere even in the absence of accidents. This demonstrably increases cancer mortality both in the workforce, as revealed in the British Medical Journal last month, and in the public, as has been apparent in many studies since the 1980s. Nuclear diverts investment away from the real renewables. It has had its day and must be abandoned.

Silenced!
Silenced!
7 months ago

“Spades in the ground”. Good grief! Does she think it’s still 1945?
Major projects use GPS controlled excavators these days.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

This woman’s boss made no bones about why he is where he is and that is is in layman’s terms is to ‘rob the poor to give to the rich’…Robbing Rishi of Richmond

Everything else is window dressing to facilitate this end.

That is it, there is nothing else to them…

Apart from the cruel ones who never miss a chance to inflict pain and harm; they should be locked up for the sadists they are…

May & Jenkins’ Model Agency for those who require a special kind of femme fatale for the Tory brand…

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
7 months ago

Nuclear power?

How very 1950s!

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
6 months ago

So where are you going to get the Uranium from ? Niger ? They have just had a military coup overthrowing an elected president. Or yes, How about Russia ? I know Tories do like Putin. …Then where would you put all that nuclear waste ? GET REAL. We need energy security and that will mean domestic natural energy. We have plenty of wind from the Atlantic. So lets build wind farms on-shore as well as off shore. We can also have Tidal power – Another reliable source of power. And there is Solar Power. We need to build factories… Read more »

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