Chancellor in Donside for a gas with oil business...


Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was in Donside on Tuesday, visiting one of Scotland’s most successful oil and gas businesses.

The HM Treasury boss was accompanied on a tour of Bibby Offshore by Alexander Burnett, the Conservative general election candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.

Mr Osborne said: “Our long-term economic plan involves backing businesses in all parts of our United Kingdom, so we create more jobs.

“That’s why I’m here in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine with our brilliant local candidate, Alexander Burnett, meeting skilled people who work hard in local firms.

“Companies like Bibby Offshore are major contributors to the oil and gas industry, which the government recognises as one of the key drivers of the UK economy.”

Mr Burnett said: “The site we visited today has only been open just over a year.

‘‘The firm also have an impressive new office block nearby - great examples of how they are investing in the area.

Meanwhile, in Westminster, Energy Secretary Ed Davey quashed the chancellor’s plans to reduce the carbon budget which caps the UK’s emissions.

The legally-binding target – of a 50% cut across 2023-2027 against 1990 levels, was agreed upon in 2011 after a political battle between the Concervatives and the Lib Dems.

As a compromise, Mr Obsorne, who was opposed to the target, secured a review of the so-called fourth carbon budget this year.

On Tuesday, however, Mr Davey said: “The fourth carbon budget, which caps the UK’s emissions, will not change.”