A CONCERNED Cumbrian MP has received assurances from the Prime Minister over the future of a proposed Cumbrian nuclear new build.

Plans for a power station at Moorside, near Sellafield, were thrown into doubt this week when one of the key players admitted it is reviewing its involvement in the project

A spokesman for Toshiba - which holds a 60 per cent stake in Moorside developer NuGen, alongside ENGIE of France - said that the firm is re-examining all of its nuclear projects outside Japan - including Moorside.

At this week's Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock spoke about the Japanese giant's announcement.

He said: "The news revealed yesterday (Tuesday) that Toshiba is reviewing its investment in the Moorside nuclear power plant, which puts a huge question mark over not only 21,000 jobs in Cumbria but the future of our nation’s energy security.

"What will the Prime Minister do personally to ensure that the deal stays on track?"

Mrs May replied that she is working with the business secretary to bring jobs to the UK and to make sure that deals such as these stay in place.

She said: "We are keen to ensure that those jobs are brought to the United Kingdom and that such deals are kept on track. I assure him of the Government’s commitment."