The SNP has attacked Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs for seeking to remove a key recommendation of Sir Ian Wood’s Review into the industry as the Bill which introduces its recommendations is debated and voted upon the Commons later today [Monday].
Scottish Labour MPs Mark Lazarowicz and Katy Clark are backing one amendment which removes the key recommendation, whilst Scottish Lib Dem MP Alan Reid has put his name to another amendment which removes the whole section bringing in the Wood Review recommendation.
The MPs move has been branded “ill-informed” by industry body Oil and Gas UK, which said the move put the industry “in jeopardy” and “in peril”.
Aberdeen Central SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said it was not too late for Scottish Labour and Lib Dem MPs, who are backing amendments which oppose enshrining in law “maximising economic recovery” of North Sea oil reserves, to change their position.
He said: “Recently we have had a procession of senior Labour and Lib Dem politicians coming to Aberdeen and talking up their support for the oil industry, but at the same time their own MPs are backing moves at Westminster to undermine a key recommendation of the Wood Review.
“It beggars belief and is a complete betrayal of oil workers across the North East who are fighting for their jobs due to the low oil price. No wonder Oil and Gas UK have said the move puts the industry “in peril”.
“We thought we had cross-party support for implementation of the Wood Review but it seems we do not. Maximising economic recovery can sustain existing fields and help develop new ones. The alternative can result in premature de-commissioning and job losses.
“However as these amendments come up for debate and vote in the House of Commons later today it is not too late for the MPs concerned to change their position and I strongly urge them to do so. People across the North East will be keeping a close eye on what they do and I hope they do the decent thing”.