NUCLEAR industry leaders were welcomed to the town by David Mowat MP for an annual Nuclear UK conference.

The event was held at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton last week along with the second annual Women in Nuclear summit, celebrating the role of women in the industry while challenging perceptions to encourage young women to take up nuclear jobs.

The Warrington South MP said: “I’m delighted that the nuclear industry has chosen Warrrington to host this important event. It was engineers working in Warrington who designed the UK’s first reactor in the 1950s and the town has had a strong bond with the industry ever since.

“Officially 3,500 jobs are based in Warrington, but if we add on the people who live here but work in other nuclear-related establishments at Daresbury or in Knutsford, around 5,000 jobs in the borough depend on the industry. But I want to see that figure increase to bring high-skill, high-skill, high-value vacancies to Warrington.”