Terry Wynn first became an MEP in June 1989 when he was elected to serve the Merseyside East constituency as the Labour Party candidate. In 1994, he was re-elected to the same constituency, now called Merseyside East & Wigan. In 2004 (as in 1999), MEPs were elected on a regional basis and Wynn became one of the 9 MEPs for the North West Region of England, the Labour Party having 3 of the 9.
Chair of Pro-Nuclear Forum at the EU
Recent subjects covered by the Forum include the "Public acceptance of Nuclear" and the "Environmentalist's Case for Nuclear Power".
Signatory to Pro-Nuke Petition
In October 2005, Wynn was one of the signatories of a written Declaration that advocated raising the profile of using Nuclear Energy in the debate on Climate Change. It stated:
We the undersigned declare that it is our shared conviction that nuclear energy should play an increasingly central role in the global fight against climate change and remain a pillar of the EU's energy and environmental policy planning. In a carbon-constrained 21st century threatened by an increasingly acute energy supply deficit, nuclear energy offers a secure, reliable, affordable and environmentally-friendly power supply. By helping the EU to meet its energy sustainability targets and by mitigating the effects of climate change, nuclear energy contributes to the achieving of EU economic and environmental objectives...."
The petition called upon EU's leaders to:
- "recognise the vital contribution made by the nuclear industry to reducing CO2 emissions;"
- "encourage more investment in zero or low carbon-intensive power generation technologies, including nuclear energy;"
- "recognise that meeting the climate change challenge will need a long-term global strategy, which should include an effective international emissions trading scheme;"
- "ensure that the use of JI (Joint Implementation) and CDM (Clean Development Mechanisms) does not exclude nuclear projects after 2012;"
- "encourage all economic actors, including China, India and the United States,to participate in and provide solutions for meeting the global climate change challenge."
Other British MEPs to sign the petition included:
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