While Shadow Energy Secretary Barry Gardiner made much of his party’s new found scepticism over the Hinkley Point approval the subject was entirely missing from his speech to the Labour Conference in Liverpool today. This is despite the strengthening of Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position and his known hostility to the nuclear industry.
The speech, which also covered trade issues as Mr Gardiner has to cover two departments due to the shortage of members of the Shadow Cabinet, focussed on the previous cuts the Government had made to renewable subsidies. It did not, however, commit to reversing them. The key new policy unveiled in the speech was that a future Labour Government would ban fracking in the UK.