'You are gambling away taxpayers' money' PM told
While David Cameron was lauding the significance of a deal being brokered for Hinkley, critics rounded on the Government for 'gambling' with taxpayers' money.
The Green Party, UKIP and Greenpeace were among those who joined shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint in questioning the scheme.
Elsewhere, campaign group Stop Hinkley said there would be no real local benefit.
Ms Flint claimed the deal put the Prime Minister in a "ridiculous" position.
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She said: "Labour supports the development of new nuclear power stations in Britain as part of a balanced, secure and clean energy mix.
"The potential costs of this agreement make it all the more crucial that we end the rip-offs and have an energy market that people trust.
"Labour will freeze energy bills through to the start of 2017 while we reset the energy market to make it more competitive, transparent and fair for consumers."
Molly Scott Cato, the Green Party lead candidate for the European elections, said a deal involving Chinese investment was an outrage.
She said: "'The Conservative government's deal on the Hinkley Point really is a case of heads they win; tails we lose. Potential profits will now be offshored to China while the nuclear pollution will stay in the UK."
UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, said the Government was "betting the house" on massive energy price hikes going forward. He, too, questioned the sense of such a high 'strike price'. He said: "With new technology coming on stream this approach looks like a dangerous gamble. As the small print says, prices can always go down as well as up.
"The government's decision to commit to £92.50 per megawatt hour may prove to be a great folly."
Nikki Clark, from campaign group Stop Hinkley, questioned the local benefit of the scheme. She said: "People are going to be on very short term contracts. How are we supposed to accept radioactive waste, higher risk of a nuclear meltdown, all so people can have a job for 12 months?"