Labour’s MP for Blyth, Ronnie Campbell, is cosying up to big business, whilst ‘neglecting the people who pay his wages at the end of the month’, according to Blyth’s UKIP Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
Mr Campbell said he ‘looked forward’ to working with the French government owned organisation, EDF ER, after the company acquired rights to develop the Blyth offshore wind demonstration project.
The project has the potential of seeing 15 wind turbines erected, up to 195m tall, meaning each turbine could be at least nine times the height of the North East landmark, the Angel of the North.
Arnott said “From this we can clearly see that Mr Campbell supports lavish ‘green subsidies’ which are given out to over-powering corporations and wealthy land owners, such as David Cameron’s father-in-law, to build and develop even more hugely inefficient wind turbines in the future.
“Campaigners say 6 million families are already in fuel poverty, with the figure set to hit 9 million by 2016. By supporting this project, Mr Campbell is only adding to the pressures that families and pensioners across the country will face for winters to come.”
A recent study by the Adam Smith Institute and the Scientific Alliance found that, on average, wind farms produce 80 per cent of their potential power output for less than one week annually – and they manage 90 per cent output for only 17 hours a year.
Ben Southwood, Head of Policy at the Adam Smith Institute, said: “Wind farms are a bad way of reducing emissions and a bad way of producing power.
“They are expensive and deeply inefficient and it seems like they reduce the value of housing enormously in nearby areas”.
Arnott added “It’s inevitable that more expensive energy bills will destroy more job opportunities locally than they’ll create.”