Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour
A Labour government would deliver for the North-east of Scotland.
For too long, Aberdeen and its surroundings have been viewed as expendable by the SNP and the Tories.
As Thursday’s election fast approaches, both of these parties continue to double down on their broken promises.
But the people of the North-east know it is only a Labour government for the many and not the few that will deliver for them.
The oil and gas crisis has hurt the region’s economy, careers have been broken, and businesses left in tatters.
Many in our party – including Labour’s Aberdeen South candidate, Callum O’Dwyer, an oil and gas engineer – know first hand how difficult the downturn has been.
The people of the North-east need real action – not SNP and Tory platitudes.
A Labour government will publish a strategy to safeguard the future of the industry for generations to come.
We will work with the industry and stakeholders not just to safeguard jobs, but improve health and safety offshore as well.
The SNP is in denial about this crisis because it destroys its already defunct argument for separation.
By voting Labour on June 8, people across the North-east can send Nicola Sturgeon a message to drop her plans for a divisive second independence referendum and start focusing on helping the North Sea industry.
But it is not just oil and gas where the SNP and Tories have failed.
A Labour government would deliver major investment for the roads and railways of the North-east through our £20 billion Scottish Investment Bank.
By investing in our economy, we would bring jobs and growth to the North-east.
A vote for Labour on June 8 will deliver a government for the many and not the few that will fight for the North-east economy and oppose independence.
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives
Campaigning in the General Election resumed yesterday after a pause on Sunday in light of the latest, appalling terrorist attack in London.
Those behind the attack are trying to attack our freedoms and our values. Just as in Manchester, they will fail.
The best way to respond is not to be cowed, but to go about our daily business.
For politicians, that means engaging with the electorate and appealing for votes in the final hours before polling day.
Here in the North-east, this campaign has been dominated by the prospect of another independence referendum and the impact of last year’s vote to leave the EU.
I have almost lost count of the campaigns I have taken part in over the past few years, but this election will be the last one we have for some time.
In many ways, it is our last chance to send a clear message to Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP that we don’t want another referendum.
I was in Aberdeen South on Saturday and in Banff and Buchan and Gordon yesterday and I know there is strong support locally for the SNP to get on with fixing problems in our NHS, education system and economy.
People do not want a return to the division of 2014. They want us all to move on, together.
There are challenges ahead, but also great opportunities.
In our coastal communities, our fishermen can see the prospect of a huge boost to the sector by regaining control over our waters.
We have the chance to create a fairer system for farming payments that works for Scottish agriculture.
And our oil and gas industry needs stability – not more uncertainty.
We need strong Conservative voices at Westminster to ensure we get the best deal for the North-east.
Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
A vote for the Liberal Democrats will send a clear message that we don’t want another divisive independence referendum.
With the Scottish economy teetering on the edge of a recession, the performance of Scottish education dropping down the international rankings and mental health services failing to deliver, the last thing our country needs is another divisive debate on independence.
Brexit poses a real threat to jobs, security and funding for the NHS right here in Scotland and across the UK. That’s why the Liberal Democrats oppose it and want a decision on the deal at the end of the negotiations, so we can get the best deal for places like the North-east of Scotland.
To boost the economy across the UK, we will initiate a major £100 billion programme of capital investment aimed at stimulating growth.
We will prioritise assistance to areas heavily dependent on fossil fuel industries, like the North-east of Scotland, to support the industry to maximise its sustainability, including decommissioning, and ultimately to diversify the economy when that sustainability comes to an end.
Liberal Democrats have always put education at the heart of our agenda. Just as this election is a chance to change the direction of the country, it is also a chance to reset the priorities of the SNP
Government and get them to focus on making our education the best again. That’s why Liberal Democrats in Scotland will continue to make the case for a “Penny for Education”, securing a transformative £500 million investment for education.
Our fully costed plan will bring new mental health services to every GP practice and we will also create new units for children and adolescents in the North-east, addressing the fact that there are no specialist beds north of Dundee.
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of SNP
This election is hugely important – the results will shape the future of our country for years to come.
The general election just two years ago showed how little the Tories valued the North-east.
Then, they promised a £1 billion investment in Carbon Capture and Storage technology, widely expected to be based in Peterhead. That would have been a serious investment and would have safeguarded the future of Peterhead power station.
But after the election, when the ink on the manifesto was barely dry, the Tories betrayed that promise.
That’s exactly why the North-east needs a strong team of SNP MPs who can stand up against the Tories, instead of Tory MPs who’ll rubberstamp all of Theresa May’s plans and u-turns.
When our oil and gas sector needed a champion in the face of a weak and uncaring UK government, it was SNP MPs who forced the Tories to offer the industry some – limited and overdue – support.
When the North-east needed investment through a city deal, it was the SNP in government who stumped up three quarters of the money – with the Tories short-changing Aberdeen.
And with the Brexit negotiations looming, only SNP MPs will stand up for Scotland’s place in the single market to be protected, supporting the jobs that depend on trade with our European
partners, in industries as diverse as renewables and fisheries.
Only by electing a strong team of North-east SNP MPs can voters be sure that they’ll have representatives that will always stand up for their interests – and not just Tory MPs who will do whatever Theresa May tells them to do.
Now more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for North East Scotland. Only then can we protect Scotland from the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster.