Ex-Labour MP to head civil nuclear industry trade body

Updated: 

A former Labour MP has been appointed chief executive of the trade body for the civil nuclear industry.

Tom Greatrex, ex-MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, will take up the post at the Nuclear Industry Association next week, succeeding Keith Parker. 

Mr Greatrex, an opposition spokesman on energy until he lost his seat in the general election, said: "I am delighted to be joining the Nuclear Industry Association at such an exciting time. Nuclear power is an integral part of a secure low carbon energy mix and, as the COP21 negotiations in Paris demonstrated, will have a key part to play in reducing global carbon emissions in the future.

"Providing thousands of high quality, skilled jobs in all parts of the country and with internationally recognised industrial and academic expertise, there are significant opportunities for our civil nuclear industry in the UK and around the world."

Lord Hutton, Nuclear Industry Association chairman, said: "Through a rigorous appointments process we know Tom will bring a detailed knowledge of the industry and strong leadership to the nuclear sector at a pivotal time in the UK. We look forward to working with him."