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Labour’s Energy Revolution Will be Made in Scotland

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Labour’s energy revolution will be “made in Scotland” as Keir Starmer pledges to at least double the number of clean energy jobs in Scotland, succeeding where the SNP and Tories have failed.

Labour’s world leading plan to make Britain a clean energy superpower by 2030 will be “made in Scotland”, with double the number of jobs in the clean power sector, Keir Starmer pledged today (FRI) on a visit to Beatrice Wind Farm, near Wick. 

Visiting SSE’s Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm with Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar MSP, Colin Smyth MSP and Ed Miliband MP, Keir Starmer will contrast Labour’s plan to invest in homegrown Scottish energy with the failure of both the Conservatives and the SNP to deliver good jobs across the energy sector and cut bills for Scottish families. 

New analysis by the Labour Party finds that, under Labour’s Green Prosperity Plan to invest in British energy independence, the number of jobs generated in Scotland in the clean power sector alone would more than double compared to under the SNP. 

Labour’s commitment to rapidly create jobs in the renewables industry will particularly benefit Scotland given its extraordinary renewable energy assets and stands in stark contrast to the abysmal records of both Conservative and SNP Governments, which have resoundingly failed to deliver on promises made to workers in the offshore wind industry.

Keir Starmer will set how Labour will succeed where the SNP and Conservatives have failed and outline three benefits for Scotland of Labour’s Green Prosperity Plan: 

  • doubling the number of jobs in low carbon sectors in Scotland, by creating over 50,000 new direct and indirect jobs in Scotland in a decade in the clean power sector alone. 
  • setting up the public energy company that the SNP failed to deliver in 2017. GB Energy would have a specific remit to invest in all nations of the UK- helping the Scottish people benefit from the natural resources in their own nation. 
  • driving forward with creating a clean power system by 2030 which will save Scottish households £8.4bn over the rest of this decade – equivalent to cutting £475 off bills for every family in Scotland every year to 2030. 

Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“The route to making Britain a clean energy superpower, slashing energy bills and creating tens of thousands of quality jobs runs through Scotland. 

“There should be no doubt – our energy plans will be made in Scotland – cutting energy bills for Scottish families, and delivering the jobs and investment in Scottish communities that for far too long have been let down by the SNP and Conservatives.

“When it comes to capitalising on Scotland’s energy resources, for fifteen years the SNP Government has chased the headlines but not done the work.

“Labour will deliver lower bills, good jobs, and energy security for Scotland, as Britain leads the world in the fight against climate change.”

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