East Lothian MP Fiona O’Donnell has shown her support for nuclear energy during her first visit to Torness Power Station.
Fiona was joined on her visit by local MSP and leader of Scottish Labour, Iain Gray, a long-time supporter of nuclear power. They were given a tour of the site, which is owned by EDF Energy, and met key members of staff including the station director Paul Winkle.
Both Ms O’Donnell and Mr Gray are amongst a growing number of political supporters of nuclear energy and are supporters of TUSNE, the Trade Unions for Safe Nuclear Energy.
Ms O’Donnell said: “I welcomed the opportunity to visit the plant for the first time. I was very impressed by the station’s first-class safety record and it was clear that the staff take pride in that record.
“As well as being one of the largest employers in East Lothian, with over 500 highly skilled staff, the plant plays a vital role in supporting the local economy.
“Rising youth unemployment is a real issue in East Lothian, which is why it is so important that Torness is able to offer apprenticeships for local young people to help them get on in life and start a rewarding career.
“I was surprised to learn that Torness produces 18% of Scotland’s total electricity. As demand for electricity grows, nuclear power will undoubtedly be part of the solution in securing Scotland’s energy needs for the future.’’
Iain Gray said: “I am a regular visitor to Torness and I am always impressed by the professionalism of the staff. Torness makes an enormous contribution to East Lothian but it is also vital to Scotland’s economy. Scotland exports electricity just as it exports products like whisky and we need to continue to do that to help strengthen our economy again.”
Torness station director Paul Winkle said: “We host representatives from all the political parties and were delighted to welcome both Fiona and Iain to the station and were very encouraged by their words of support. Fiona, as the new MP for East Lothian, was particularly interested to hear about our plans for the future and the significant part we play in supporting the local economy. It was Fiona’s first visit to a nuclear power station and I look forward to welcoming her back on site in the near future.”