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22nd September 2016

Stirling SNP Show Support For Stirling’s City Deal Bid

Local SNP representatives have voiced their support for a City Deal for Stirling. The City Deal application seeks Government funding for infrastructural projects that are designed to attract investment – growing business and creating jobs.

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Recently, Stirling MP Steven Paterson invited the Leaders of the main political parties on Stirling Council to attend a meeting with him at the Scotland Office to discuss Stirling’s bid. During the meeting, UK Government Ministers voiced their support for Stirling’s bid.
Photograph: From left: Cllr Gerry McLaughlan; Cllr Alycia Hayes; Cllr Graham Lambie; Cllr Jim Thomson; Cllr Graham Houston; and Cllr Scott Farmer outside Stirling Council HQ having signed pledge cards of support for the Stirling City Deal.

SNP Stirling Council Group Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer said:

“This is an ambitious project for the Stirling area and the SNP Group is keen to work with colleagues across all parties in order to secure the best possible deal. 

“The City Deal is about unlocking Stirling’s potential: giving local businesses the opportunity to expand; opening ourselves up to investment; creating jobs; and reducing unemployment and my colleagues here on Stirling Council back this bid.”

Stirling MP Steven Paterson added:

“I recently led a cross-party delegation from Stirling down to Westminster to meet with UK Government Ministers to discuss Stirling’s City Deal bid. It is vital that we have a united front in support of this application and I hope that the UK Chancellor commits to investing in Stirling come his Autumn Statement in November.”

Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford commented:

“Thanks to Stirling Council officers, Stirling’s City Deal application involves a comprehensive business plan that has been praised by UK Government Ministers and senior civil servants. I understand that the Prime Minister is keen to accelerate City Deal offers across the UK – it is therefore important that her Government grasp this opportunity, in partnership with the Scottish Government, for transformational change in the economy of the Stirling area.

Photograph: From left: Cllr Gerry McLaughlan; Cllr Alycia Hayes; Cllr Graham Lambie; Cllr Jim Thomson; Cllr Graham Houston; and Cllr Scott Farmer outside Stirling Council HQ having signed pledge cards of support for the Stirling City Deal.