Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Commenting on the publication of the draft agreement between the SNP and the Scottish Greens, Richard Lochhead MSP for Moray said:

“The challenges facing our country are unprecedented and as we respond to the climate crisis and look to recover from the pandemic. This draft agreement, the first of its kind, sets out how two parties can work together over the next five years to deliver for our communities.

“The public prefer politicians working together and that’s only possible where people and parties are prepared to compromise and not simply sit on the side lines opposing for oppositions sake.

“Planning for a just transition away from fossil fuels is a massive issue in Moray given for instance the number of oil and gas workers in the area, so I very much welcome the commitment to deliver £500m to secure low carbon jobs in Moray and the North East. Indeed, there are many proposals that will create thousands of new green jobs in Moray and the wider region as we aim for our 2030 and 2045 net zero targets.

“And like the First Minister, I would challenge the UK Government to match that funding and to do their bit to ensure our communities are not left behind.

“The SNP remains committed to dualling the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen – this project is vital for Moray’s economic future – and this five year agreement specifically refers to making progress on delivering by-passes for Keith and Elgin.

“Proposals to develop the A96 into an electric highway and also support investment in sustainable transport shows a commitment to ensuring our infrastructure in the north east is fit for the future.”