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10 September 2015

Stevenson Raises Fraserburgh Jobs Concerns in Parliament


DFM PROMISES “EVERYTHING POSSIBLE” TO SAFEGUARD LOCAL JOBS

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed progress on safeguarding jobs in Fraserburgh following efforts to secure the long-term future of Young’s Seafood factory.

At General Question time in the Scottish Parliament today (Thursday), Mr Stevenson asked Deputy First Minister John Swinney what was being done to protect jobs in the Fraserburgh area.

Mr Swinney said that continued investment would help to support the local economy, as well as create and safeguard jobs.

Addressing the situation at Young’s Seafood, he added:

“I firmly believe that we have offered a very strong case, such that maximum employment can be retained in Fraserburgh. The Government has engaged very strongly with the company and Business Minister Fergus Ewing has drawn together all interested parties to ensure that we have a co-ordinated approach.

“I assure Mr Stevenson that the Government will do everything possible to safeguard a very significant employer in the local economy.”

Mr Stevenson said:

“I thank the Scottish Government on behalf of my constituents in Fraserburgh for the support that it has given, and the preparatory work that has been done to protect employment at Young’s Seafood.

“I am grateful for the efforts of all who have been involved so far, and I look forward to working with both the Government and local agencies to safeguard as many jobs as possible.”

The Scottish Government has also pledged to match any package of aid that the United Kingdom Government provides to Young’s plant at Grimsby, on the condition that it is compliant with state aid rules.
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