The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear policy in their manifesto to provide assistance to oil and gas industries in the North East by helping them to diversify away from fossil fuels.
They plan to create more ‘Catapult’ innovation and technology centres and backing private investment in particular in green innovation as well as support for the oil and gas industry for its remaining life, including decommissioning. To do this the Liberal Democrats propose to double innovation and research spending across the economy and develop the skilled workforce needed to support this growth.
John Waddell, Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, said: “There has been a lot of hot air from the Scottish Government and the UK Government about supporting the North East, but we have very little to show for it.
“All the other parties talk a good game about helping the North East but the Liberal Democrats are putting our money where our mouth is. We're making the North East of Scotland a priority while everything that comes out of Edinburgh and Westminster shows that they are not taking the issues facing the North East of Scotland seriously.
“We need a long term strategy and proper investment to develop a national skills strategy for key sectors, including low-carbon technologies, to help match skills and people. That is exactly what we have set out in our manifesto.”
North East MSP Mike Rumbles added: “For over a decade the North East has been a cash cow for the SNP Government in Edinburgh.
“Our area is resilient, but the downturn left many families struggling to make ends meet. Despite many warm words what we now need is action. I am very pleased that the Liberal Democrats have made that a priority in the upcoming election.”