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23 July 2015

Stevenson and Whiteford Comment on Young's Seafood Meeting

In the light of the prospective job losses at Young's factory in Fraserburgh, Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan and Stewart Stevenson MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast participated in a stakeholder event which sought to identify a way forward.

At the meeting today Young's Chief Executive Pete Ward announced that the company was developing a proposal which would leave their Fraserburgh factory operating but with fewer employees.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Stevenson said,

"The news that Young's are now focussed finding a way to retain the plant is very welcome. The position remains serious but there are some positives from today.

"I shall continue to work with employees, company, the Councils and the Scottish Government to achieve the best available outcome."

Eilidh Whiteford added,

"It is clear that the Scottish Government is taking this situation very seriously. I heard that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had a telephone conference yesterday with the union and management at Young's.

"And the attendance of two ministers today aided a collaborative discussion which has provided a way forward.

"I will continue to support the workers at this difficult time."
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