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ENERGY INDUSTRY BODY: LABOUR PARTY PLANS “DON'T MAKE SENSE”


SNP PUT SCOTTISH JOBS FIRST AS LABOUR PLANS SET TO END GREEN ENERGY TRANSITION


Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) said Labour Party energy plans “don’t make sense”

and could risk a permanent exodus from the UK’s energy sector.


Sir Keir Starmer said his proposed GB Energy is not an energy company and is an “investment vehicle” for the private sector, despite Scottish Labour Leader Anas Sarwar’s describing it as the former.


Labour has come under fierce criticism for its plan to close investment allowances, which would deter investment in offshore industries and cripple net zero advancement ruining up to 100,000 jobs.


Unite the Union, a key funder of Labour, also attacked the plans and last week energy giant Deltic, chaired by a Labour campaign chief, reported it’s on the brink of North Sea withdrawal due to Labour’s proposals.


OEUK warned that Labour plans could force companies to look elsewhere and leave the UK in the position of having to “buy in” its transition to renewable energies.


Commenting Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“Labour must heed the stark warnings from OEUK who have added their voice to growing alarm amongst experts, unions and industry about Sir Keir Starmer’s plans.


"The SNP firmly oppose these proposals and will put Scotland’s energy sector and Scotland’s interests first.


We know that Labour plans will deter private investment in our Just Transition, but we also know there will be no adequate public investment after Sir Keir Starmer scrapped his £28 billion green energy pledge. Labour has blocked all avenues to funding, effectively ending the energy transition.


“No one has any idea what GB Energy is, but we do know Labour will use revenues from Scotland’s offshore industries to fund new nuclear plans in England while consigning Scottish jobs to the scrapheap – it’s no wonder unions and industry experts are up in arms.


“Let’s be clear, £20 billion will flow from Scotland to the Treasury over the next six years, so far from it being GB Energy, it’s Scotland Energy.


“Labour’s dishonesty on this issue has been completely exposed and they must look workers in the eye and tell them the truth about the havoc they will cause to Scotland’s energy sector and our net zero ambitions.


"On 04 July, vote SNP for a future made in Scotland, for Scotland."

Industry leaders warn GB Energy funding plan “don’t make sense” and could lead to exodus from sector:



Unite steps up Scots revolt against Labour despite assurances over oil jobs:


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