Sutton Bridge great-granny to rebuke Cameron

Disappointed campaigner Shirley Giles is penning a ticking-off for Prime Minister David Cameron.
Disappointed campaigner Shirley Giles is penning a ticking-off for Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Great-granny Shirley Giles is to rebuke Prime Minister David Cameron for failing to give Sutton Bridge “a bit of concrete help” in its battle to derail a planned power station.

Mrs Giles (75) wrote to Mr Cameron along with other national party leaders to ask them to call on Secretary of State Amber Rudd to hold a public inquiry on EDF B, a multi-million, combined cycle gas turbine plant.

PM David Cameron has disappointed Conservative Party member Shirley Giles.

PM David Cameron has disappointed Conservative Party member Shirley Giles.

The 1800MW power station was given the Government go-ahead in September, although EDF has yet to make an “investment decision” to build on the banks of the Nene.

Mrs Giles wrote to Mr Cameron and party leaders including Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage. She set out ten reasons why the decision to grant consent was flawed and invited them to contact Amber Rudd to ask for a public inquiry.

But 10 Downing Street’s reply a couple of days later – signed by a “Correspondence Officer” – says her letter is being forwarded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change because it “is best placed to respond to the matters you raise”.

Mrs Giles says she, as a Conservative Party member, receives letters signed by David Cameron asking for donations to the party and is disappointed he didn’t offer her village the help it needs when she sent a personal letter to him.

All they are doing is giving the birds in the sky some nice central heating.

Shirley Giles

She said: “The Conservative Party send a letter, ‘Dear Shirley signed David, could you contribute whatever you can to the party’? But when I send ‘Dear David, signed Shirley, how about giving me a bit of concrete help’? it’s a different story.

“I am sorry they just annoy me. They don’t actually read these things.”

The former parish councillor is now working on a written rebuke for the PM as she says merely forwarding her letter to Amber Rudd is simply not the same as asking for a public inquiry.

Mrs Giles’s objections to the plant include that it is against Government policy to build in flood zones and it will be inefficient as there will be no local demand for the surplus heat generated.

“All they are doing is giving the birds in the sky some nice central heating,” she said.

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