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Conservative MPs back tidal lagoons

Swansea Lagoon

Tidal power has the backing of the majority of Conservative of MPs, according to a survey published this week.

Tidal Lagoon Power, which commissioned the survey, said that it showed “overwhelming” backing for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon among Conservative MPs and councillors, with more than four in five saying they support the project.

The survey was carried out by opinion pollster Comres which surveyed 61 Conservative MPs from across the UK and 303 Conservative councillors across England and Wales.

Tidal Lagoon Power’s Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon featured in the Conservative party manifesto. If given the go-ahead, it would be the first power station of its kind in the world.

Comres said that, based on its survey, 77% of Conservative MPs and 81% of councillors recognised the project as a potential first step towards a large new source of power that was secure and long-term. It said 82% of MPs and 87% of councillors agreed that its environmental impacts were manageable while 79% and 82% respectively said that UK supply chain opportunities were high.

On cost, Comres said that 72% of MPs and 80% of councillors thought that the impact on energy consumers would be relatively small and could be managed.

Gower MP Byron Davies, a Conservative, said: “This research supports what I have witnessed first-hand in Westminster and that is the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project has a strong base of support amongst Conservative MPs. I held an event for this project in the Houses of Parliament and it was striking how much support the project has not just from Welsh MPs but from Members from across the United Kingdom.

“There is a genuine cross party consensus building on the potential of tidal lagoon technology and I look forward to continuing these cross party efforts in support of this project in the near future.”

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would be the world’s first 320MW pathfinder project to open up the option of a fleet of larger tidal lagoons capable of generating cheap, renewable electricity.

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