We emailed the following question to all parliamentary candidates Cumbria-wide (Barrow and Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Penrith and the Border, Westmorland and Lonsdale, Workington):
“In the event of Moorside going ahead, what are your views on how the power station should be connected?”
Conservative candidate: Trudy Harrison
Trudy Harrison was elected MP for Copeland in the by-election on 23 February 2017.
She has previously expressed her opposition to new giant pylons, and joined us on the St George’s Day Black Combe walk in April 2016.
“I am fully in favour of cables being taken out to sea and avoiding the use of pylons blighting our area. This is what I would seek to happen and hope to meet with National Grid and ministers, if I am re-elected on Thursday, to make it clear that building pylons is not the only option and demonstrate how damaging it would be to our area if pylons went ahead. Taking the cables out to sea is very much a viable option and one which has local support.
Thank you for getting in touch and I hope I have answered your question.”
Labour candidate: Gillian Troughton
She has not responded to our recent email, but her election literature states:
“I will ensure that our communities have a real say in all major developments, whether they are pylons, wind turbines, or major nuclear investments.”
Her priorities include:
- “Nuclear – to secure jobs in the nuclear industry for future generations ensure our local supply chain benefits from investment in Moorside and the Sellafield site.”
In an email to PWP back in February, she said:
“I was glad to see North West Coast Connections offering a consultation and taking the opportunity to review their proposals from the feedback and ongoing assessments. I understand local people’s concerns against the prospect of pylons being built and have seen the thousands of people who have protested against this last month. National Grid and the government cannot overlook the hundreds who participated on the march nor the responses to the consultation.”
Liberal Democrat candidate: Rebecca Hanson
She has not responded to our recent email, but in an email to PWP back in February, she said:
“I understand that alternative proposals such as off-shoring the cables have been suggested. I will urge National Grid to give them full attention; although I know that there are significant challenges of strong tidal streams, tunnelling costs, and the firing range. There may be a need for extra national subsidy for this project.
I would like the options of better, more modern pylons that have less visual impact and generating electricity from a Duddon Bridge to fund further cable burial to be considered.
I understand the misery of people who’ve build their livelihoods based on tourism and on those who love their space and their views.
As your MP I would fight to ensure all avenues are explored.”
We have received no replies from our emails to other candidates.