Aberdeenshire candidate Douglas Ross says Scottish fishing industry needs a champion

Douglas Ross has underlined his commitment to the Scottish fishing industry as he met leading figures following a visit to the Peterhead fish market.

The Scottish Conservative leader, who is standing for Aberdeenshire North and Moray East at the general election, met with Scottish Seafood Association chief executive Jimmy Buchan, Francis Clark of the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association, Sinclair Banks of Lunar Fishing Group and Richard Duthie and Allan Stephen of Denholm Seafoods.

And he insisted he was determined to be a champion for the fishing industry.

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He spoke with the industry bosses about a variety of issues, including the benefits of being out of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the implications of the increased salary threshold for skilled worker visas.

Mr Ross, said: “It was excellent to speak to the group of industry leaders and have a tour of Peterhead Fish Market, which is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and sustainable fishing practices.

“We spoke highly of the increase in catching opportunities and landings in Peterhead since the UK left the CFP and negotiated quota shares as an independent coastal state.

“This has brought unprecedented benefits to the industry at a time when the SNP would gladly sacrifice that by re-joining the CFP.

“Labour issues also came up in the discussions and I highlighted to the group that I want to make sure our domestic food security isn't harmed through unintended consequences.

“I am absolutely committed to championing the fishing industry and ensuring the sector has a voice at the table if I am elected for Aberdeenshire North and Moray East.”

The other candidates standing for the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East seat are Seamus Logan for the SNP; Ian Bailey for the Lib Dems and Jo Hart for Reform. Andrew Brown had been standing for Labour but has since been suspended by the party.