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6 December 2015

MSP Urges Cross-Party Support for 'Vital' Energy Project

TORIES SHOULD REVERSE ‘DAMAGING’ DECISION TO CUT FUNDING

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has today called for cross-party support for his motion calling for the UK Government to re-think their decision to cut £1 billion in funding for the carbon capture and storage project in Peterhead.

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The Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP has lodged a motion in Parliament expressing concern at the decision, which could cost up to 600 jobs in the North East – and has called for North East MSPs of all parties to join him in condemning the UK Government’s decision and to stand up for the energy industry in the region.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The carbon capture project would have been a major boost for the North East – creating 600 jobs and helping Scotland to become a world leader in clean energy.

“The UK Government’s decision to abandon the scheme is just the latest example of their complete disregard for our energy industry – and it’s right that North East MSPs from across the parties join in condemning this cut.

“During the referendum, Labour, Tory and Lib Dem politicians lined up to tell us that the only way to guarantee this funding was to vote No – given their broken promises, it’s now vital that they do the right thing and take a stand in condemning this damaging decision by the UK Government.

“The Tory government has swindled Scotland out of £1 billion while posturing as environmentally friendly on the world stage – and people in Scotland won’t be quick to forgive or forget this latest betrayal.

“That’s why it’s so vital that all North East Scotland MSPs stand as one against this decision- and make clear to the UK Government that their lack of support for our energy industry is completely unacceptable.”
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