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Michael Gove: Aberdeen residents ‘don’t back oil and gas windfall tax’

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File photo dated 15/10/21 of Communities Secretary Michael Gove who has been criticised for 'using silly voices' as he appeared to attempt American and Scouse accents during a broadcast interview where he was talking about the prospect of an emergency budget on BBC Breakfast to deal with the cost-of-living crisis when he broke into the different accents. Issue date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Gove. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Aberdonians want oil and gas to continue without a tax on excess profits while work continues on the shift to greener energy, according to senior Tory Michael Gove.

The UK Government insisted major multinational firms should be allowed to reap record profits since imposing a levy on them could “deter investment”.

Labour want Chancellor Rishi Sunak to take a slice of massive profits from major oil and gas companies to help struggling families pay their bills.

The SNP called for  measures against companies who continued to thrive during Covid lockdowns.

The SNP’s Westminster chief, Ian Blackford, said: “What we’ve argued for is a windfall tax on all those who have made excess profits during the pandemic.”

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Rishi Sunak.

Despite previously opposing it, Mr Sunak recently suggested he could potentially reverse his position on the tax.

However, on Wednesday morning Mr Gove said on Sky News: “If you have the wrong sort of tax applied at the wrong time in the wrong way you can actually lead to companies not investing for the long-term.

“I was in Aberdeen recently, and one of the things people said to me there is, if we’re going to have a transition towards net zero, oil and gas has to be part of that. We need that investment.

“We won’t get that investment if we have the wrong sort of tax right now.”

He added: “Ultimately the answer to economic pressures now and in the future is a growing economy.”

No emergency budget

The senior Tory cabinet secretary also confirmed that Rishi Sunak will not hold an emergency cost of living budget following the Queen’s Speech yesterday.

He said the prime minister was correct that the government would be “doing more”, but that his words had been “over-interpeted”.

Mr Gove said any further measures aimed at easing cost of living pressures would be introduced by individual Westminster departments.

He told Sky News: “Last night the prime minister convened a group of ministers – we have all done work on some of the things we could do to help.”

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