Sunday, August 02, 2009

OIL AND A BYELECTION

David Kerr

Scotland's Finance Secretary, John Swinney, has said (SNP to repeat call for oil fund):

"Adjusted for inflation, some £230bn pounds of tax revenue has come directly from Scottish territorial waters over the past 30 years.

"Including a geographical share of North Sea revenues, Scotland has been in current budget surplus for three years.

"The Treasury's own projections show the North Sea will remain a major source of tax revenue for years to come...

"The UK government has wasted the resources from the North Sea but there are hundreds of billions worth of reserves still to be recovered and we may only be at the halfway point in terms of revenues."

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The following comes from the SNP (Glasgow North East must not be left without MP)

"Campaigning in the Glasgow North East constituency, SNP Depute Leader and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Glasgow North East candidate David Kerr challenged Labour to set the by-election date before Westminster goes into recess on Tuesday.

It is now sixty days since the former MP, Speaker Michael Martin announced he was standing down but still no by-election date has been set.

In contrast, Labour MP Iain Gibson resigned his Norwich North seat on 5th June 2009 and the by-election will be held this Thursday – 48 days later.

In 2008, in the neighbouring constituency of Glasgow East, the by-election was held on July 24th – just 26 days after David Marshall stood down.

Campaigning during Glasgow Fair David Kerr said: "I'm deeply honoured to be given the chance to serve the people of Glasgow North East. I'll be working flat out between now and polling day to earn their trust – whenever Labour have the courage to call the by-election.

"Labour has until Tuesday to get their house in order, to move the writ and to call a by-election or the people of Glasgow North East will be left for five months without Westminster representation.

"This is one of only two constituencies to lose their MP as a result of Labour’s handling of Westminster’s expenses scandal. Voters in Norwich will have their say on Thursday, in Glasgow Labour expect people to wait until November - they are taking voters for granted.

"With local schools set to close and the threat of job losses at Port Dundas, a voice for this constituency is vital.

"Instead of facing up to the test and calling the by-election Labour seem to want to run and hide."

Joining Mr Kerr on the campaign trail, Nicola Sturgeon MSP added: "The SNP has a strong record in Glasgow and the SNP Scottish Government is working hard to protect jobs and communities in Glasgow North East through this recession with investment in skills and training as well as more police and funding for local services while Labour is shutting the schools that have formed the heart of communities for decades.

"Whatever Labour do, and whenever they call the by-election, I am confident that by working together the SNP and the people of Glasgow North East have what it takes to see this community thrive.""

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