A HAMPSHIRE MP has spoken out against nuclear power following the Japan disaster.

Dr Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has jointly sponsored a motion to call on the secretary of state to suspend the Government’s plans for a new nuclear power programme in the UK.

The motion states that the events in Fukushima underline the extreme dangers of nuclear energy.

Dr Whitehead, pictured, said the UK could encounter similar problems to Fukushima because all but one of the present UK reactors are built on sites that may be exposed to flooding in future years.

He added: “These latest events don’t sway me from the view I’ve taken over a long period, which is that proposals to build new nuclear power are a choice, not a necessity.”