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First Minister should use powers he already has to boost industry

June 15, 2014 12:24 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP today said that theWillie RennieWillie Rennie First Minister needs to use the powers he already has to support Scottish industry rather than picking numbers out of the air to support his independence claims.

Mr Rennie was speaking after the publication of the Scottish Government's industrialisation plans in the event of a vote to leave the UK. The proposals set out by the First Minister include a business development bank despite an SNP U-turn on the creation of such an institution as recently as May 2014.

Commenting, Willie Rennie said:

"Just last month the SNP scrapped their own plans to create a specialist business development bank and Alex Salmond wants us to leave behind the world-leading UK trade promotion network and replace it with something smaller. That is not the way to boost exports.

"We all want to see Scottish industry thrive. But walking away from the positive things we share as part of the UK family is not the way to build a stronger Scottish industrial sector and get more Scots in work.

"The First Minister needs to spend more time using the powers he already has to support industry rather than picking numbers out of the air to support his independence claims.