North East Lib Dems back city deal calls

Sir Malcolm Bruce, MP for Gordon and Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, have written to the Minister for Cities, calling for a City Deal for Aberdeen City and Shire to be secured as soon as possible.

Sir Malcolm and Sir Robert have written to the Minister for Cities, Greg Clark MP, to emphasise the need for a City Deal, particularly in light of the falling oil price and the additional pressure this is putting on the North East.

Commenting, Sir Malcolm said:

“It was encouraging to hear Nick Clegg talk about the work that the Liberal Democrats in the UK Government have been doing to put together a City Deal for Aberdeen.

“A City Deal would bring much needed investment to the region and I am already in conversation with council officials and ministers about this. In recent years, the Scottish Government have taken their eye off the ball and have failed to deliver the improvements in local infrastructure that we urgently need. People in the North East regularly face traffic jams and gridlock and are tired of watching the SNP divert our infrastructure funding to projects in the Central Belt.

“Going forwards, it’s important that any City Deal package gives leaders here in the North East more powers to boost growth and deliver much needed infrastructure for the local area.”

Commenting, Sir Robert said:

“It is crucial that a City Deal benefits the Shire as well as Aberdeen City. The region as a whole is a European centre of excellence for energy. Businesses and residents need high quality infrastructure and transport links.

“The fall in the price of oil is putting significant pressure on many of the companies based in the North East and it is therefore all the more important to ensure that the region is competitive and attractive to businesses. New investment from a City Deal will help to keep industries anchored to the area which will in turn help to protect local jobs.

“Residents in many of the towns and villages across the Shire are also frustrated on a regular basis by poor infrastructure and a lack of investment. That is why Sir Malcolm and I have written to the Minister to highlight the wider impacts of the oil price downturn and to emphasise the need for a City Deal that will bring benefits to urban and rural areas alike.”

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