21 July 2018

Stevenson Congratulates New Deer Show Organisers

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson visited New Deer Show today with local SNP councillors where he met with the local NFU Scotland branch. The MSP also toured the cattle and sheep lines before visiting the various stalls and exhibitions around the showground.
MSP Stewart Stevenson with
Turriff & District SNP councillor Alistair Forsyth
Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

"I'm very pleased for the organisers that, on the whole, the weather was kind to them this year.

"There is a huge amount of work goes into planning a successful show like New Deer and the President Alistair Kindness, Secretary Lynne Morrison and Committee deserve our thanks for putting together another excellent showcase for the best of Buchan and North-east livestock.

"The support given to the show by the Buchan community and the public at large is vitally important to ensuring that this 171-year old tradition continues not only as part of Buchan's farming heritage but also as an important contributor to the rural economy."

20 July 2018

MSP Congratulates RNAS on Successful Banffshire Farming Event

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson attended this week’s ECOAgriTech event held in Knock.
Organised by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS), the event focussed on sustainable agriculture techniques and featured a range of specialists, displays and talks.

Commenting on the event, Stewart Stevenson said:

“I congratulate the Royal Northern Agricultural Society and those involved in the organising of the day on a successful and very worthwhile event.

“In particular, it was good to sit-in on John Kinnaird’s lecture in the afternoon and have the opportunity of a chat with him afterwards. As a former President of NFUS and the Scottish Government’s Sustainability Champion, John had things to say about the industry, Brexit and a range of other issues which were very insightful.”

Tories Waste Three Years to Re-Identify Peterhead as Prime CCS Location

UK Government Cannot be Trusted to Deliver for North-East

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has criticised the UK government for scrapping a proposed £1 billion Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) scheme at Peterhead in 2015 – only to reidentify the site as a key region for the technology this week.
Then-Chancellor George Osborne announced £1billion of potential funding had been axed in 2015, costing jobs and investment in Peterhead, where the power station had been earmarked as a potential site for CCS. A new report by the Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Task Force (CCUS), has described the region as having “unique potential” for the project due to its links with the oil and gas industry – which was clear for all to see in 2015.

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has now demanded that the UK government quits stalling and gets on and delivers.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“It has taken the UK Government three years to reaffirm what they already knew about the opportunity from CCS.

“In 2015, then-Chancellor George Osborne scrapped funding which could have transformed energy in Scotland and beyond and brought hundreds of jobs to Peterhead.

“There are already a number of projects in place including the Acorn Demonstrator Project at St Fergus.

“I am pleased the government has set up a taskforce and is now reconsidering its options but this is a complete waste of money and time given that the benefits were for all to see three years ago.

“We’ve had enough stalling – the UK government must now get on with delivering the project at Peterhead.”
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