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Ross writes to Yousaf and Sarwar calling for debate on oil and gas industry

Douglas Ross has today written to Humza Yousaf and Anas Sarwar urging them to take part in a debate with him on the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.

The Scottish Conservative leader is calling on his SNP and Labour counterparts to agree to the proposal first suggested by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

He believes a debate is essential to provide clarity for North-East communities on the plans of Scotland’s three main parties for an industry which supports around 100,000 jobs.

Douglas Ross insists that behind “the desperate spin” of Labour and the SNP, it’s clear that only the Scottish Conservatives are standing up for those employed in the sector. 

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “The North Sea oil and gas industry is crucial not just to the 100,000 skilled workers it employs – predominantly in the North-East – but to Scotland’s entire economy and energy security.

“That’s why I’m urging Humza Yousaf and Anas Sarwar to join me in a debate on the future of the sector, which has a key role to play in a just and managed transition to net zero.

“Behind the desperate spin and counter-spin of the SNP and Labour, the reality is both parties want to turn off the taps in the North Sea now – and only the Scottish Conservatives are standing up for the jobs of skilled workers in the North-East.

“Humza Yousaf has some nerve criticising Keir Starmer’s reckless plans, when the SNP have a presumption against all new North Sea developments, opposed Rosebank and Cambo and were the first party to propose a windfall tax.

“The SNP leader even gave a speech in New York calling for Scotland to cease being the oil and gas capital of Europe.

“So for Humza Yousaf to try to pass himself off as a friend of the North-East is an insult to the intelligence of those who live there.

“While the SNP and Labour argue over which of them would shut down the industry first, only my party is backing Scotland’s oil and gas sector.”