Aquind: Everything we know so far about rejection of plans for interconnector in Portsmouth - RECAP

A CROSS-Channel power cable project linked to a Conservative Party donor has been rejected by the Government.

By Matthew Mohan-Hickson, Joshua Wright, Richard Lemmer and Emily Jessica Turner
Thursday, 20th January 2022, 9:00 pm

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng decided to dismiss Aquind’s plans to provide a new electricity link between Portsmouth and Normandy in France.

The proposal was controversial, with a former energy minister having to recuse herself from the process over funding from one of the company’s owners.

Alexander Temerko, a British citizen who was born in the former Soviet Union, has donated more than £1 million to the Tories and is listed as a director of Aquind Limited.

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Stop Aquind protestors with Steve Pitt, council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cllr Lee Hunt, cllr Simon Bosher, and cllr Rob New as they celebrate near Lock Lake, Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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A letter published on the Planning Inspectorate website showed Mr Kwarteng decided to “refuse development consent” having considered his obligations under the energy National Policy Statement.

Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP, said: 'We did it. When we work together we can achieve anything, despite the odds against us.

'The Secretary of States judgement shows that the need for this scheme is outweighed by the harm it would do.

Let's Stop Aquind protesters, Fort Cumberland car park, Eastney. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (jpns 131021-09)

'Well done Portsmouth and all who helped us in this. Very proud of you all.'

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South MP, added: 'The government have finally seen sense and stopped the disastrous Aquind project.

'This is a victory for the people of Portsmouth over years of uncertainty and Tory cronyism.

'I pay tribute to local campaigners who have helped me lead our city’s united opposition.

'Without our efforts, this would not have been possible. Together, we have stopped Aquind.'

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Live updates and reaction as Aquind is REJECTED

Last updated: Thursday, 20 January, 2022, 20:19

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‘There’s been political unanimity on this and that campaigning has proven really effective’

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Britain hasn’t built enough generating capacity which means, at times, we don’t produce enough electricity and are having to import.

‘So there’s definitely logic in looking at ways of supplying the grid when other countries are producing an excess.

‘The issue is the route. It just makes no sense routing all this through the second most densely populated city in the country. It’s stupid.

‘There’s been political unanimity on this and that campaigning has proven really effective.’

Led by Donkeys celebrate the Aquind decision

Here was our story from earlier today

Let's Stop Aquind protesters, Fort Cumberland car park, Eastney Picture: Chris Moorhouse (jpns 131021-09)

Reaction in more detail

Penny Mordaunt - ‘We did it. When we work together we can achieve anything, despite the odds against us.

‘The Secretary of States judgement shows that the need for this scheme is outweighed by the harm it would do.

‘Well done Portsmouth and all who helped us in this. Very proud of you all.’

Stephen Morgan - ‘The government have finally seen sense and stopped the disastrous Aquind project.’This is a victory for the people of Portsmouth over years of uncertainty and Tory cronyism.

‘I pay tribute to local campaigners who have helped me lead our city’s united opposition.

‘Without our efforts, this would not have been possible. Together, we have stopped Aquind.’

How Portsmouth MPs have reacted

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt tweeted:

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan tweeted:

Delight as Aquind is rejected

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