Labour will today warn Scotland could be "left behind" in the race for thousands of jobs because of the SNP's opposition to new nuclear power stations.

Skilled workers in Scotland "desperate" to put their talents to use will be let down by the Scottish Government, Labour MP Tom Greatrex will say.

The SNP are opposed to the construction of a new generation of nuclear plants in Scotland. The party says the energy source is costly and dangerous and that Scotland should focus on renewables instead.

However, Mr Greatrex will use a fringe event at the Labour party conference in Manchester to highlight the potential jobs dividend from nuclear power.

A recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank estimated up to 32,000 new jobs could be created through new nuclear power stations across the UK.

Industry figures show Scotland employs more than 5000 people in the industry.

In his speech, Mr Greatrex will say: "While we should not simply accept nuclear power no matter the cost, the opportunities from new nuclear energy should not be ignored.

"The chance to create thousands of jobs is too important to dismiss. And the potential for economic growth should not be passed over."

The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP will also accuse the SNP of a "confused and ideological objection" to nuclear power.

And he will warn that their opposition may mean Scotland gets "left behind" on jobs.

It is not the first time Mr Greatrex has criticised the SNP over nuclear power.

Two weeks ago, he accused the party of preparing the ground for a U-turn on the issue, one of its flagship policies.

The SNP furiously denied any such plan and said that Labour's attack had backfired.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: "Nuclear power stations are expensive to build, have vast decommissioning costs and leave a legacy of hazardous nuclear waste – which is why we do not support the construction of new nuclear stations in Scotland."