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Peter Hain MP calls for Severn barrage to go ahead

Former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has said the time has come to press ahead and build the Severn Barrage as the proposal has been "studied to death".

The project would create thousands of much-needed jobs and help tackle climate change, the Labour MP told a House of Commons committee.

Supporters say the £30bn barrage would provide 5% of the UK's electricity.

But opponents say it would harm the environment and that the costs outweigh the benefits.

BBC Wales Today presenter Lucy Owen spoke to parliamentary correspondent David Cornock.

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