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Photo: Tom on a visit to Bibby Offshore in Aberdeen last week, hearing about experiences in the oil and gas supply chain

Tom Greatrex MP, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commenting on the OGA’s “call to action” in the North Sea, said:

 

“Today’s report from the new OGA rightly highlights the need for urgent action to protect jobs and investment, from Government and from industry. The Government must ensure that the fiscal framework is appropriate for North Sea oil and investment in what is a mostly mature basin.

 

“But the call to action from the OGA also makes the case that industry must step up to the plate. As I have long argued, the industry work much more collaboratively if the UKCS is to have a sustainable future. For that reason it is also vital that the crucial reforms recommended in Sir Ian Wood’s review of economic recovery in the North Sea, which were pressing even before the oil price crisis, are now implemented as a matter of urgency, and companies operating in the North Sea take that challenge seriously themselves. A collaborative approach which does not compromise safety can only be delivered by operators properly engaging.”

 

“Today’s report underlines just how serious the situation is for the oil industry in the North Sea. It is vital to the Scottish economy and nobody can now doubt it needs support.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors

 

The OGA publication can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/406680/Call_to_Action_-_The_OGA_Commission_2015.pdf

 

 

Tom Greatrex MP responds to OGA call to action

  Photo: Tom on a visit to Bibby Offshore in Aberdeen last week, hearing about experiences in the oil and gas supply chain

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Photo: Tom on a visit to Bibby Offshore in Aberdeen last week, hearing about experiences in the oil and gas supply chain

 

 

Tom Greatrex MP, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commenting on Oil and Gas UK’s Activity Survey 2015, said:

 

 

“This year’s activity report highlights just how serious the situation is for the oil industry in the North Sea. It is vital to the Scottish economy and nobody can now doubt it needs support. These findings underline the need for urgent action to ensure the fiscal framework is appropriate for North Sea oil and investment – postponing action until the budget is a needless and damaging delay. If the Tories do not improve the tax regime for the North Sea, Labour will.

 

“It is also vital that the crucial reforms recommended in Sir Ian Wood’s review of economic recovery in the North Sea, which were pressing even before the oil price crisis, are now implemented as a matter of urgency. The industry need themselves to also step up to the plate, and work much more collaboratively if the UKCS is to have a sustainable future.

 

“The SNP want to rip up the Barnett formula and make Scotland entirely dependent on what happens to a volatile and declining commodity – these findings show just how disastrous that would be for pensions, schools and hospitals. Instead we need a Scottish Labour Government in Holyrood to establish a resilience fund to support critical industries in times of difficulty”

 

ENDS

 

For further information contact 020 7219 8974

 

You can read the Oil and Gas UK report here: http://www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/forecasts.cfm

 

Tom Greatrex Responds to Oil & Gas UK's Activity Survey 2015

    Photo: Tom on a visit to Bibby Offshore in Aberdeen last week, hearing about experiences in the oil and gas supply chain  

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There was a fantastic turnout for Tom Greatrex as he launched his re-election campaign for the 2015 General Election, and the bid to keep Rutherglen and Hamilton West a Labour Co-operative seat, in Cambuslang Institute

Tom was joined by Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, as well as dozens of local residents and party members at an event last week to launch his re-election campaign. 

Tom said: "It has been a privilege to be the Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West over the past 5 years, and to represent the people of Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Blantyre and Hamilton West.

"Since my election in 2010, I have worked hard to raise the issues affecting my constituents, holding hundreds of surgeries and taking up cases of thousands of constituents, and getting involved to support dozens of local organisations in their work in our area. I have taken an active role in launching nationwide campaigns on issues that affect those I represent and people across all parts of the UK.

"After 2 years of exposing the shocking inadequacy of the Atos run work capability assessment, that company was finally sacked and had to pay money back to the taxpayer. We still need a much fairer way of helping people into work, and I am proud to have influenced my party’s policy to overhaul the assessment process completely.

"For the last three and a half years, I have been shadow energy minister – putting front and centre of the political debate the failure of the energy market and the way in which consumers have been ripped off again and again. More recently, I tabled amendments that the government were forced to accept to make sure all decisions made on fracking in Scotland are made by the Scottish Parliament, and bringing in safeguards through tougher regulations across all of the UK before any fracking can take place.

"This election is one of the most important general elections there has been in modern times- the decision we collectively will be making on 7 May is not only about who represents Rutherglen and Hamilton West in Parliament, it is also about the right policies for all of the country.Over the past five years we have seen living standards decline as wages have stagnated – and even after the very recent falls in inflation, people will end up worse off at the end of this Parliament this year than they were at the start in 2010 – the first time that has happened since the 1920s.

"A Labour government elected in May will have the right priorities and will take the decisions necessary to improve the lives of people across the UK - we will reform the energy market, freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017, impose a Mansion tax on the most expensive homes, and use those funds to protect the NHS, reverse the millionaires tax cut brought in by David Cameron and invest in infrastructure projects to create growth and prosperity, and get people into meaningful and rewarding jobs. This election is about which direction the UK will take, and who will form the next Government of the UK – and if people want a Labour Government, the only certain way to achieve that is by electing more Labour MPs on 7 May.

"That’s why we'll continue to be out on the doorsteps in the coming weeks and months, fighting for every vote come election day."

 

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