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Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Major employers

Rosyth, various Scottish Government bodies, Scottish and Southern Energy/ Scottish Power

  1. How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?
  2. Will you commit to implement Sir Johns Parkers review on UK shipbuilding?
  3. Will you lift the arbitrary and unsustainable cap on public sector pay, guarantee that public service workers’ pay will at least keep pace with inflation in each year of the parliament, and commission an independent review of pay in the civil service and wider public sector?
  4. Will you publish a coherent long-term policy framework to secure the investment necessary to deliver secure, sustainable and affordable energy in the UK?

Candidates' responses

David Dempsey (Conservative)

Response awaited

Lesley Laird (Labour)

How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?

Labour accepts the EU referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first. We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union – which are essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain. Labour will always put jobs and the economy first. A Labour government approach to negotiating Brexit will give security to those industries. Currently, the UK buys and sells energy tariff free from Europe, an arrangement which saves families and businesses money, and helps balance the power grid. As part of the Brexit negotiations, Labour will prioritise maintaining access to the internal energy market. Labour will also retain access to Euratom, to allow continued trade of fissile material, with access and collaboration over research vital to our nuclear industry.

Will you commit to implement Sir John Parker’s review on UK shipbuilding?

Scottish Labour has, and always will, fight in the best interests of Scottish shipbuilding and we will do everything possible to ensure it remains at the centre of UK shipbuilding for many years to come.
The confirmation that construction of the new Type 26 frigates will begin on the Clyde this summer secured the future of the yard for the next twenty years. But we want to see the future of the Clyde and its workers safeguarded for much longer than that. That's why the UK government must fulfil its promise to modernise the shipbuilding infrastructure on the Clyde. The Scottish government also has a central role it to play in this: it is a project of national significance and should be treated as such.
The collaborative working between yards, as we have seen with the new aircraft carriers, is key to a successful shipbuilding industry across Scotland that will protect jobs both on the Clyde and at Rosyth. We need to see similar collaborative working between governments, and that's what the UK and Scottish governments should work towards.

Will you lift the arbitrary and unsustainable cap on public sector pay, guarantee that public service workers’ pay will at least keep pace with inflation in each year of the parliament, and commission an independent review of pay in the civil service and wider public sector?

A Labour government will scrap the public sector pay cap. We believe that public sector workers deserve a pay rise after years of falling wages. When the Tories came to power in 2010, they pledged – and continue to pledge – to be a party of working people. They have failed abysmally. They’ve cut tax credits, watched as wages have gone into freefall and turned our economy into one where low paid, insecure work and zero hours contracts are endemic. And as you point out, public sector workers have seen their wages squeezed. But as always under a Tory government, the people at the very top carry on getting richer. Vote to elect a Labour government for the many, not the few.

Will you publish a coherent long-term policy framework to secure the investment necessary to deliver secure, sustainable and affordable energy in the UK?

Only Labour has a radical plan to transform for energy. That plan would see households better off financially under public ownership models for energy. So the next Labour Government will introduce an immediate emergency price cap to ensure that the average dual-fuel household energy bill remains below £1,000 per year, while we transition to a fairer system for bill payers; take energy back into public ownership to deliver renewable energy, affordability for consumers, and democratic control. We will do this in the following stages:

  • Regaining control of energy supply networks through the alteration of the National and Regional Network Operator license conditions.
  • Supporting the creation of publicly owned, locally accountable energy companies and co-operatives to rival existing private energy suppliers, with at least one if every region.
  • Legislating to permit publicly owned local companies to purchase the regional grid infrastructure, and to ensure that national and regional grid infrastructure is brought into public ownership over time.

A Labour government would also ensure that 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030 .

Malcolm Wood (Lib Dem)

How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?

The Liberal Democrats’ view is that it will be very difficult for cross-border industries to prosper outside the single market, and we believe that Britain’s best option for the future is to remain part of the EU and the single market.

Will you commit to implement Sir John Parker’s review on UK shipbuilding?

It is increasingly obvious that government under-investment is leaving us without a fit and proper armed forces.  The Liberal Democrats welcome the Sir John Parker review and we support proper investment for armed forces.

Will you lift the arbitrary and unsustainable cap on public sector pay, guarantee that public service workers’ pay will at least keep pace with inflation in each year of the parliament, and commission an independent review of pay in the civil service and wider public sector?

Liberal Democrat policy is to end the 1% cap on pay rises in the public sector, and uprate wages in line with inflation.

Will you publish a coherent long-term policy framework to secure the investment necessary to deliver secure, sustainable and affordable energy in the UK?

A Liberal Democrat government would develop national colleges as national centres of expertise for key sectors, such as renewable energy, to deliver the high-level vocational skills that businesses need.  It would also support investment in cutting-edge technologies including energy storage, smart grid technology, hydrogen technologies, offshore wind, and tidal power (including giving the go-ahead for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon), and investing heavily in research and development.

Roger Mullin (SNP)

How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?

I am not yet ready to give up on the quest to have negotiated a bespoke deal to allow Scotland to remain within the single market. In regard to across border industries I have already engaged with a significant number prior to the dissolution of parliament, and am planning (should I be reelected) to also engage with key European sectors and operators to ensure we maximise intelligence and are as well prepared as possible should we need to pursue legislative or executive action. I am particularly interested, because of my background and contacts, in research intensive industries and our universities.
 
Questions 2-4

I respond yes, but with the recognition I am not going to be in government at Westminster and therefore will be restricted to speaking out and campaigning.