Cheap smear uncalled for
J C Lewis (Post, January 24) asserted that I might be paid through my support for the Severn Barrage. That is totally false and he should not fling mud without checking his facts.
One of the reasons why I am using my influence as a local MP to support the barrage is that it could mean thousands of local, skilled jobs, including in Neath. South West Wales would get an historic jobs boost among the 50,000 workers needed to build the Severn Barrage — with skills centres to train local workers.
The caissons (gigantic concrete structures) would be assembled and then floated out from an enlarged Port Talbot docks, leaving the largest deep water port in North West Europe ideal for the new generation of large container ships and jobs with it. The barrage's 1,026 bi-directional turbines would also be manufactured in Port Talbot. As he must surely know, from reading the Evening Post if nothing else, I have been to the fore of protecting local hospital services and the future of Remploy, aswell as working hard for our two Neath Valley mines and setting up the Swansea Valley Miners' Appeal Fund. He should direct his attacks at government cuts which are having a devastating impact. Not resort to cheap smears against Labour MPs, AMs and councillors, who are doing their best to defend our communities.
Peter Hain MP
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