LIVING near nuclear power stations should mean free electricity, the Business Secretary suggested yesterday.
Jacob Rees-Mogg gave his full backing to nuclear power as part of plans to make Britain energy self-sufficient.
He said he would like to see a French-style system where those living nearby who support new sites 'in the national interest' are rewarded.
Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been 'hugely popular' in Somerset since it had brought 'jobs and skills' including 1,000 apprenticeships, he told the Tory conference.
Speaking at a Policy Exchange think-tank event, Mr Rees-Mogg said: 'We should copy the French. If you live near a nuclear power station in France you get free electricity.'
'If you do something in the national interest, then it should benefit those who make the sacrifice for the national interest.'
He added: 'Nuclear power is just fundamental.'
The Prime Minister has vowed to make Britain a net energy exporter by 2040, with pledges for new developments in wind, nuclear and shale gas.