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Hain leaves shadow cabinet to campaign for Severn Barrage

Labour MP Peter Hain this week resigned as Welsh shadow secretary to help campaign for the resurrection of the £32bn Severn Barrage project.

In a letter to Labour leader Ed Milliband, the Neath MP said he was resigning from the shadow cabinet to focus on ensuring the Severn Barrage will be built as well as campaigning on other policy areas.

“As a long standing supporter of this vital project, there is now the best opportunity ever for building the Severn Barrage and I want to help ensure that this – by far the largest single source of renewable energy in Europe – is achieved,” said Hain in his resignation letter.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change dropped its plans for a Severn Barrage in 2010 after concluding it would be too expensive to use public funds and too risky given that there was no guarantee the scheme would get planning permission.

But private firm Corlan Hafran – led by consultant Halcrow – has been developing plans for a barrage since November.

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