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Corbyn critic quits as Labour MP, triggering tight byelection race









Copeland byelection: 'We are a community of two halves'

One of the biggest and most remote in England, Copeland covers 470 sq miles and takes in Keswick and the western Lake District fells, as well as 32 miles of Cumbrian coast, from Millom up to Whitehaven.

On paper, its inhabitants enjoy the third highest salaries in the UK – £721 a week, second only to the City of London and Tower Hamlets, according to the Office for National Statistics in 2015.

But visit Whitehaven, the largest town in the constituency, and the wealth is not obvious. Cafes advertise full Christmas dinners for a fiver and a few miles out of town is the Woodhouse estate, which is within the 3% most deprived wards nationally, where a three-bed terrace still costs just £60,000.

The reason for this disparity lies behind a big fence on a two sq mile site by the coastal village of Seascale: Sellafield, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site where the Windscale nuclear power station once stood. About 10,000 people are directly employed there, with thousands more in the supply chain, many in highly skilled engineering and scientific jobs.

A further 6,000 are due to be employed in the construction of the Moorside nuclear power station, which is to be built next door in the next 10 years. NuGen, the Japanese-backed company behind the project, says Moorside will bring at least £20bn investment into the UK. “It is an unprecedented opportunity for this part of the world to become the fastest growing part of the UK economy,” said Reed, who is quitting politics for a role as head of development and community relations at Sellafield.

We are a community of two halves,” says Pat Graham, the managing director of Copeland borough council. “As a proportion of our workforce we have got more PhDs per head of population in Copeland than anywhere else in the UK. We have the nuclear-related wealth, which captures the highly skilled and the affluent and the upwardly mobile. But we also have those people who don’t have the ability to access nuclear, so therefore we have the extremes of really attractive, beautiful Lakeland places and poverty and all the challenges that come with deprivation.”






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