Orkney and Shetland’s SNP candidate for the General Election has said that if elected, he will work with Shetland and Orkney Islands Councils to develop a detailed action plan to tackle climate change and create green jobs in the Northern Isles.
Robert Leslie said:
“At the start of this campaign I said that nobody should have to choose between heating and eating when we have so much renewable energy potential on our doorstep.
“OIC has declared a climate emergency and I understand the SIC plans to. As a community we need to get together and define a detailed plan of action for what our emergency response should be.
“I was delighted to see Nicola Sturgeon at the start of the General Election campaign unveil proposals for a new Green Energy Deal to revolutionise the renewable economy in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
“Under the SNP’s new proposals, the long-term certainty required by renewable energy projects will be guaranteed, bringing an end to Westminster’s side-lining of the renewable industry.
“We have a moral responsibility to tackle climate change and to lead the way in showing how our society can transition to net zero while creating economic opportunity and providing the assurance of rewarding work for all.
“Orkney and Shetland can lead the world in building the new economy of the future, creating sustainable technologies and jobs that secure our prosperity.”
There are 6 candidates standing in the Orkney and Shetland Constituency to be held on Thursday 12th of December.
David Stephen Barnard, Independent
Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Coilla Anne Drake, Scottish Labour Party
Jennifer Fairbairn, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Robert Fraser Leslie. Scottish National Party (SNP)
Robert Watt Smith, The Brexit Party