SNP regional growth hub ‘is basically a website’

  • Alfie Baron
In November 2017 Keith Brown, the SNPs economy secretary, announced the creation of a centre for regional inclusive growth. The new centre would “support our policy initiatives on regional partnerships, city deals and city region deals”.

Scottish Conservative economy spokesperson, Dean Lockhart, has requested further information from Keith Brown. He has asked when the centre would open, where it would be and how many people it would employ.

Keith Brown replied:

It is anticipated that the centre will support regional partnerships and city and region deals and will primarily be a ‘virtual hub’, led by Scottish government and partners. It will draw on existing capacity and expertise.
Dean Lockhart followed up with:

When announcing this scheme, anyone listening would have thought the plan was to create a proper base, get some investment in and hire specialist staff. Instead, the government is basically setting up a website, and that’s it. It’s no wonder the business community doesn’t feel it can count on the SNP.
According to a Scottish government spokesperson said the hub would be “a modern, forward-looking platform. The ultimate structure of the new centre is being finalised, and it is being designed to continually evolve in order to support regional inclusive growth”.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.