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MP Targeted Over Kingsnorth Objection

A Labour MP is to table questions in Parliament  demanding an investigation into the relationship between an energy company and the Government over its plans to build the first coal-fired power station in Britain for more than three decades. 

In documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Stop Climate Chaos (SCC) coalition members, Greenpeace, the environmental organisation claims that an email trail revealed a discussion of how to deal with Bob Marshall-Andrews - the MP for Medway, where German energy giant E.On hopes to build the new Kingsnorth power generator.

Mr Marshall-Andrews, a Greenpeace member, has been fighting the proposals to build the new facility in his constituency.

Quoted in yesterday’s Observer, a spokesperson for Greenpeace said the documents acquired were both ‘extraordinary’ and exposed an ‘unhealthy’ relationship between the Government and E.On.

Mr Marshall-Andrews is calling for an investigation into the matter by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) - the Government department charged with approving the new power station.

“Of course, companies that have opposition are going to work out a strategy for how to deal with it,” said the targeted MP. “The thing that causes concern is whether there’s direct contact between the company and the department which indicates the two are working in collusion. The extent to which that's revealed by these emails is a matter of conjecture, but it requires investigation and explanation.”

According to fellow SCC members, World Development Movement (WDM), the planned power plant at Kingsnorth will output more CO2 each year than the whole of Ghana.


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published: 13:18 - 3 March 2008