8th December 2016

SNP government in Edinburgh must do more to support Renfrewshire economy 

Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee challenged  Nicola Sturgeon to support the Renfrewshire economy following the news  that Doosan Babcock are to cut 270 jobs from its Renfrew-based workforce.

The West of Scotland MSP raised the issue with the First Minister at First Minister’s Questions today.

The Babcock announcement follows news that the Chivas plant in Paisley will move its entire workforce to Dumbarton and that Scottish Enterprise are to close its Paisley office.

Speaking after First Ministers Question’s, Mary Fee said:

“The SNP government in Edinburgh need to give Renfrewshire better support at a time when our economy is fragile and hundreds of local jobs are going.

“We need to see a clear plan of support for those who will be affected by redundancy at Babcock and Chivas.

“The decision to shut the Paisley office of Scottish Enterprise is looking increasingly like a real blunder from the SNP – our area needs more support to create jobs, not less.

“This should be a period where Paisley is attracting investment through the City of Culture bid, instead we are seeing no support from the SNP government in Edinburgh.”