SNP SELECT DOIG TO FIGHT NEW RENFREWSHIRE SOUTH SEAT
The SNP has announced that a veteran local political campaigner is to contest the new Renfrewshire South constituency at the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections next year. Linwood-based Andy Doig, has won the SNP’s nomination by a decisive majority. Mr Doig, aged 48, is an Addictions Counsellor for a Paisley-based charity and has an Honours Degree in Divinity. Earlier this year he took the SNP from 3rd to 2nd place fighting Paisley and Renfrewshire South against Labour MP Douglas Alexander. Mr Doig said:
“It is a great honour to be selected to fly the SNP flag in the new Renfrewshire South constituency, which is made up of communities I know intimately. I am well known in Johnstone, Howwood, Kilbarchan, and Lochwinnoch, and have relatives in Barrhead, which is coming in from East Renfrewshire. Linwood, where my wife Audrey is a local councillor, also comes into the new seat. My aim is to be a strong local voice for Renfrewshire South in the Scottish Parliament”.
“I am particularly keen to promote the development of heritage tourism across Renfrewshire South to create new local jobs, for example, in Elderslie. Other key issues for me are to promote town centre regeneration in Johnstone and Barrhead, and in relation to the TESCO plans for Linwood. Also to stand up for the small business sector which is so important to villages like Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch, and to keep up the fight for a village pharmacy in Howwood”.
“On a personal level, I want to make three key pledges to Renfrewshire South if elected as their MSP. Firstly, I pledge to work closely with both Renfrewshire Council, and East Renfrewshire Council to help deliver jobs and services, secondly, to open a high-profile constituency office easily accessible to all, lastly, but very importantly, to publish all parliamentary expenses online for easy scrutiny. Those who aspire to parliamentary office must be worthy of that honour in all regards”.
The SNP’s Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for Renfrewshire North West, and Renfrewshire Council Leader, Cllr Derek Mackay added:
“I have known Andy for many years and he served under First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, as Assistant National Secretary of the SNP in the 1990’s. He is a very competent, yet compassionate, person, and I am looking forward to working with him in Holyrood as we fight as a team for the interests of Renfrewshire”.
Andy's most recent Doig's Diary entry
Centrica threatens to close major UK gas field
The BBC today report as follows
'Centrica, the owner of British Gas, says it might shut one of its major gas fields because of increased taxes.
The company is closing three fields in Morecambe Bay for a month of maintenance, and says it might not reopen one of them.'
In his Budget, Chancellor George Osborne raised supplementary tax on oil and gas production from 20% to 32%.
Centrica says UK producers now face some of the highest taxes in the world.
The company has closed the Morecambe Bay North and Rivers gas fields for about four weeks' planned maintenance.
It is also shutting the South Morecambe field for an unspecified period of work, and the firm says it might not be restarted.
'Profitability can be marginal'
"UK oil and gas producing fields are now subject to some of the highest levels of tax in the world," a spokesman said.
"At these higher tax rates, Morecambe's profitability can be marginal ... Accordingly, we may choose to buy gas for our customers in the wholesale markets in preference to restarting the field after planned maintenance."
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Companies are reflecting real concern... they just don't need this grief”
End Quote Mike Tholen Oil and Gas UK
Morecambe Bay produces about 6% of the UK's annual gas requirements, or up to 12% of residential gas demand, according to Centrica.
The company says the tax increase means its North Morecambe field is now subject to a 62% tax rate and South Morecambe 81%.
The Chancellor's move, in his Budget in March, was designed to raise £2bn to fund a cut in fuel duty.
Industry bosses have criticised the new tax, describing it as short-sighted.
Mike Tholen from the industry body, Oil and Gas UK, says energy companies are working in a competitive industry and they are unhappy about three tax increases in the past decade.
He says: "I think companies are actually reflecting real concern for their shareholders because they are trying to manage long term businesses -- of which the UK is part of a much bigger portfolio for many companies -- and they just don't need this grief."
Industry leaders met the Chancellor to discuss the tax rise last month, and said they were "disappointed" that he disagreed with them over the impact of the tax.
Posted by Andy Doig on 02 May 2011 09:43