Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Nuclear Energy Debate


It was good to see another very well attended event. The Nuclear Debate held in Parliament last night, was the second Working Life Event held by the new Exec. It was good to see the faithful CFers who came along to join the debate, but also great to see so many new faces. I'm very keen to attract as many new people as possible, as we really need more members from a wider age group as well as spread of backgrounds and professions. I only managed one Insurance bod last night, which I was surprised at seeing as Nuclear Liability is quite a big topic in the market at the moment. (I would account the lack of Insurance Market interest however probably down to the fact it was a Thursday night).

Speakers for Nuclear Energy were Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby and Miranda Kirschel, Nuclear Industry Association. Speakers against were Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip-Norwood and Dr David Lowry, an Environmental Policy Consultant.

After hearing the pros and cons of Nuclear we voted on the motion and I think it’s fair to say most people were quite surprised when unanimous support for Nuclear Power was carried. The real question, in my opinion is however, what concentration should we put on Nuclear Power? Our renewables are diminishing and polluting and alternatives such as solar or wind turbines account for a small percentage of the energy produced. Nuclear Power currently accounts for 29% of our total energy production, I think most people would like to see an increased focus on using our renewables to greater efficiency (including controlling carbon emissions) as well as exploring alternatives AND utilising Nuclear Energy.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mark Clarke said...

Good event. And well chaired. Nice work, Miss Allen. :-)

1:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea but you missed the MTV thing!

JD

PS Don't post this

2:07 pm  
Blogger Karen Allen said...

What can I say, my dedication is astounding? Nevertheless extremely gutted about missing it..... look forward to going next year instead : )

4:00 pm  

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