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Call for Chris Huhne to resign over Fukushima emails via guradian.co.uk

Former party chief executive in Scotland says Huhne must go over ‘conspiracy’ to protect nuclear industry

Rob Edwards: Friday 1 July 2011 22.03 BST

A prominent Liberal Democrat has called for Chris Huhne to resign immediately as energy and climate change secretary after emails were released detailing his officials’ efforts to co-ordinate a PR response to the Fukushima disaster with the nuclear industry. Civil servants in the energy and business departments were apparently trying to minimise the impact of the disaster on public support for nuclear power.

 

Andy Myles, the party’s former chief executive in Scotland, said: “This deliberate and (sadly) very effective attempt to ‘calm’ the reporting of the true story of Fukushima is a terrible betrayal of liberal values. In my view it is not acceptable that a Liberal Democrat cabinet minister presides over a department deeply involved in a blatant conspiracy designed to manipulate the truth in order to protect corporate interests”.

The leader of the Lib Dems in the European parliament, Fiona Hall, said nuclear plans should be put on hold.

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