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Ian Hudghton
Scottish National Party
Member of the European Parliament

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15 January
Scots Labour and Liberals slammed for backing Nuclear cover-up


Labour and Liberal Euro-MPs were today severely criticised by SNP Euro-MPs Ian Hudghton and Neil MacCormick for failing to back tough new safeguards on transporting nuclear waste. Ian Hudghton condemned the Lab/Lib MEPs decision to vote against a measure that would have made it illegal to transport nuclear waste through an area without first notifying the local council and seeking their approval. Both Ian Hudghton and Neil MacCormick supported the measure, which was eventually defeated with Labour and Lib Dem backing.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ian Hudghton MEP said:

"I am appalled that Labour and Liberal MEPs from Scotland effectively backed a cover up of nuclear waste transports.

”It is local councils that are responsible for emergency planning arrangements and local councils that would have to deal first hand if anything went wrong in transporting nuclear waste. Local government is the best placed to co-ordinate this kind of activity locally and it's outrageous to keep them in the dark on matters like this.

”We also have to think about openness and transparency. After all, people have every right to know if potentially hazardous nuclear waste is being transported through their communities and it is local councils that are once again best placed to pass on this kind of information. "


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