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North Sea

Sturgeon’s £25million for oil ‘a year too late’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday insisted oil workers are finding new jobs as she ploughed £25million into supporting the industry – despite claims the intervention is a year too late. The SNP leader said the energy taskforce set up a year ago had engaged with more than 2,500 workers, but did not elaborate on how many had gained new employment as a result.

North Sea

Sturgeon urges Chancellor to lower oil and gas industry taxes

Scotland’s First Minister has called on the UK Government to lower taxes on the oil and gas industry in the forthcoming March Budget. Nicola Sturgeon said Chancellor George Osborne should take “urgent action” to protect jobs in the North Sea as she convened a special session of the Scottish Cabinet in Edinburgh. Ms Sturgeon said Finance Secretary John Swinney would seek an urgent meeting with the Chancellor to set out the Scottish Government’s view.

Oil & Gas

Sturgeon shifts North Sea blame

The first minister has admitted that there is a “great deal” that needs to be done to protect oil and gas jobs – and insisted the Scottish Government is doing all it can to help alleviate the crisis. Nicola Sturgeon said that her taskforce was working to minimise job losses, but that the UK Government needed to stop hampering progress in the sector. The Conservative’s energy spokesman Murdo Fraser rounded on the first minister, saying she needed to do more than “pass the buck” while people are “worried about their futures”. Labour’s energy spokesman Lewis Macdonald agreed that her efforts so far have only “scratched the surface” of the crisis affecting the North East.

Oil & Gas

Sturgeon pledges to protect Scots oil and gas sector

Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Cabinet spoke yesterday of the importance of protecting the north-east's oil and gas “success story" at a question and answer evening in Aberdeen. Following a day visiting various businesses around the north-east and cutting the first sod of the long-awaited Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the first minister and her Cabinet invited questions from the public . Speaking to a crowd of hundreds at the Music Hall, Ms Sturgeon highlighted the importance of the oil and gas industry and how the Scottish Government is dealing with the crisis.