3 July 2019

Shadow Scottish Secretary and MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Lesley Laird, has today (03 July 2019) written to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, urging her to take action and make the investment required at the BiFab yards in order to ensure that they are competitive and that they are able to play a role in the Green Industrial Revolution.

The letter comes after a series of meetings undertaken with stakeholders by Lesley Laird, including with DF Barnes, the CEO of EDF Renewables and the STUC. It also comes ahead of Friday's Ready for Renewal rally at the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking ahead of the Ready for Renewal rally, Shadow Scottish Secretary, Lesley Laird, said:

"Scotland has a real opportunity to be a world leader in renewables and at the forefront of a Green Industrial Revolution if the political will is there to make it happen.

"We are in the midst of a climate crisis and as a society we will have to change our way of life to ensure that we preserve our planet.

"That is undoubtedly a great challenge, but it is also a great opportunity that we must seize.

"I believe that the high-skilled, high-paid green jobs of the future should be right here in Scotland and that should start with the yards at BiFab.

"The skills are already there and have been for a long time, but investment is required in the yards to make them competitive enough to win contracts in an increasingly competitive global market.

"The STUC Ready for Renewal campaign has the backing of the local community in Fife and it has the backing of the Labour Party.

"Unfortunately without financial commitments from the Scottish Government, who have a minority stake in the yard to make necessary improvements, the campaign is unlikely to be successful.

"That is why, ahead of Fridays rally, I have written to Nicola Sturgeon asking her to invest in the BiFab yards and make it absolutely clear that Scotland is ready to lead the world in the manufacturing of renewable energy technologies."
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