25 April 2006: for immediate release

Professor Inna Merculova, Associate Professor at the Environmental Medicine and Radiobiology Department of the International Sakharov Environmental University in Minsk, Belarus, will speak at a parliamentary public meeting tomorrow, 26 April at 7 pm in the House of Commons Committee Room 10. Ms Merculova, an expert on thyroid cancers, will speak about the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on cancer rates in the 20 years since the catastrophe, as well as the implications for the health of future generations.

Other speakers at tomorrow’s event include: Michael Meacher MP; Norman Baker MP; Jenny Jones AM; Linda Walker, Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK); and Kate Hudson, Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. These speakers will also discuss the tragic consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and will highlight the importance of Britain rejecting new nuclear power stations.

Kate Hudson, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said, ““Nuclear power is inherently dangerous and we must halt any plans for new nuclear power stations in the UK. We need a safe, genuinely sustainable, global and green solution to our energy needs. A combination of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures which are safe, effective and proven technologies are available now. The government must live up to its Kyoto agreements and invest in sustainable clean solutions to climate change.”

The public meeting, entitled “Remember Chernobyl,” is organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and supported by Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK) and Medact.
Notes to Editor:

1. For further information and interviews please contact Rick Wayman, CND’s Press & Communications Officer, on 0207 7002350 or 07968 420859
2. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is one of Europe’s biggest single-issue peace campaigns, with over 32,000 members in the UK. CND campaigns for the abolition of all nuclear weapons everywhere.