One of the best-known Cumbrians in the nuclear industry says the county's new build development is an enormous opportunity.

Dr Dame Sue Ion, who is originally from Carlisle and is the former chairwoman of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board, made the comments at a conference on nuclear new builds in London today.

She spoke about the need to look at modular building processes in the industry, pointing out it may be able to find relevant expertise in the shipbuilding industry, which could cross over.

The proposed development in west Cumbria - at Moorside, near Sellafield - is expected to create 20,000 jobs.

Dame Sue said: "It (nuclear new build) is not just about construction is about professional services jobs - legal jobs, finance jobs - which are all exportable."

"Cumbria will be pretty well placed," she added.