Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, was in Lockerbie on Friday (25 April 2014) with Labour’s 2015 General Election Candidate Archie Dryburgh to highlight the need to tackle the cost of living crisis.
Caroline and Archie, along with local MSP Elaine Murray, MEP David Martin and Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown, visited the Steven’s Croft Biomass Power station. During their visit, Caroline and Archie talked with the local staff about the forthcoming independence referendum and how Scotland benefit’s from a shared energy market across the UK as well as Labour’s plan to freeze gas and electricity bills and reform the energy market when Labour forms the next Government in 2015. After talking with the staff, they were given a tour of the Steven’s Croft biomass station. The station is the largest wood-fired power station in the UK supplying energy to 70,000 Scottish homes. During its construction 300 people were employed on site and 40 direct jobs were created in the power and fuel processing facilities.
Shadow Energy Minister Caroline Flint said, “It was good to be in Lockerbie with Archie and to have the opportunity to hear first-hand about the issues facing families in the area. There is no doubt that the cost of living crisis is hitting people in Dumfriesshire hard. Rising prices and the problem of low pay is a real issue in the area, and I know Archie is committed to fighting to bring more jobs to the area such as those created at Steven’s Croft.”
“As well as working to bring more jobs to the area, Labour is the only party committed to freezing energy bills to help tackle the cost of living crisis which is hurting so many people. The Conservatives are more interested in cutting taxes for the rich while the SNP are obsessed with separation. Archie can play a key role in this if he elected to represent Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale in 2015.”
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Labour candidate Archie Dryburgh said, “People appreciated hearing about Labour’s plans for a energy price freeze from Caroline. Local people are struggling under the current Tory led Government who have allowed the cost of living to spiral out of control whilst at the same time wages have continued to fall in the area. However, it is clear that the answer the cost of living crisis is not to be found in Scotland’s leaving the UK as the SNP have said that in an independent Scotland they won’t support a freeze in energy prices. “