Rennie responds to David Tydeman sacking

26 Mar 2024
Willie Rennie MSP

Responding to the news that the chief executive of Ferguson Marine, David Tydeman, has been sacked after telling Scottish Government ministers that there will be further cost increases to the building of two new ferries and that further delays are “likely,” Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP said:

“It looks like David Tydeman was sacked by the SNP for telling uncomfortable truths. We know that he was being upfront about further costs and delays, but it seems the Scottish Government didn’t like that and decided to shoot the messenger. Is he a scapegoat for SNP failures?

“I also understand that the new chief executive lives in Canada, so the Cabinet Secretary must explain how that will work.

"We need an urgent statement to the Scottish Parliament.

“Despite all the disruption at Ferguson Marine, lifelines ferries have never arrived, and islanders are just expected to suck it up. It’s time for the government to stop the scapegoating, explain what is going on at the yard and accept some accountability itself."