A MAJOR conference on nuclear power and the proposal to build a new reactor at Hinkley Point takes place next month in London to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

The event on Thursday, March 5, will be hosted by Green MEP Molly Scott Cato, whose South-West constituency is home to Hinkley, and Green MEPs Rebecca Harms, Claude Turmes and Michel Reimon.

The event will present the initial findings of a new report which will seek to “dismantle” the view that nuclear power can be part of a sustainable energy future and demonstrate how renewables can meet the energy needs of the South-West.

Molly Scott Cato said: “Greens have always said nuclear power is dangerous and expensive, and will fail to deliver the energy we need in the timescale in which we need it.

“The South-West has the greatest potential for renewable energy anywhere in England and Wales, and the sector can provide thousands of jobs.

“We have the ability to provide electricity cleanly, safely and at lower costs than nuclear.”