Why are Tories rejecting wind farm plan that’s so beneficial to Newhaven?

I note the exciting developments in Newhaven to base the technical division of Rampion, the new off-shore windfarm, in the harbour (Express, July 20).

It’s important to note that this will not only bring 750 jobs to the local economy but help to revive the prospects of the harbour - something that is much needed. I am therefore dismayed to see that despite only minor concerns (which could be dealt with through constructive engagement with the developers) Simon Kirby, Tory MP for Peacehaven, has objected to the proposal and is calling for a costly public enquiry. Maria Caulfield, the Newhaven Tory candidate, needs to make clear her position on this development. Her partner, who is planning to stand for local councillor in their home town of Woodingdean stated that he is against it on Twitter. Labour’s parliamentary candidates in Peacehaven, Nancy Platts and myself in Newhaven, welcome the plans which will help bring down reliance on fossil fuel and bring economic development across the Sussex coast. Is Maria Caulfield against bringing jobs to Newhaven or is the Tory party saying one thing in Newhaven and another in Peacehaven?

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Parliamentary Candidate
Lewes Constituency Labour Party