Nicola Sturgeon has admitted the oil industry in the north-east is now in crisis – despite one of her own MSPs claiming it was “booming” just days ago.
The First Minister said the situation in the region was “very serious” and said the Scottish Government was “doing everything it can” to help the industry.
Her comments come in a week which saw Petrofac announce up to 160 positions would go, followed by BP’s decision yesterday to reduce 600 roles from its North Sea operations.
Her comments have also been made less a week after Aberdeenshire SNP MSP Dennis Robertson said there was “no crisis” and that the industry’s workforce was “booming”.
He later clarified his remarks, suggesting he “could have expressed (himself) better”.
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