Sturgeon and Davidson in Twitter clash over Clyde shipbuilding contracts

Stuart Rodger

Leading politicians in online clash over promises made during the independence referendum 

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon and leader of the opposition Ruth Davison have clashed after news that there will delays to the commencement of building Type 26 frigates on the Clyde

Responding to reports in the Guardian that the senior official responsible for Ministry of Defence equipment, Tony Douglas, had said he “can’t give a time or date” as to when construction on the Clyde will begin, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was a “breach of the promise made during indyref”.

The first minister then publicly challenged Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson, whose party has long claimed the Clyde jobs were secure in the event of a No vote. The official No campaign, Better Together, said at the time: “Thousands of shipbuilding jobs in yards across Scotland depend on UK Defence contracts. Separation would put those jobs at risk.” 

Defence Secretary at the time of the independence referendum, Philip Hammond, similarly said: “These contracts are on the Clyde because the Clyde is part of the UK. Inevitably a lot of things will change, there will be an enormous period of uncertainty, if Scotland were to vote Yes. I think what Scotland has got tonight is a very good and compelling case for remaining part of the UK.”


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