Fair Share for Aberdeen

Ross Thomson has made getting a fair deal for Aberdeen as his number one priority and has focused on this since his election as our local Member of Parliament in June 2017.

The downturn in our crucial oil and gas industry hit Aberdeen hard and we have not been helped by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Government which focuses its attention on the central belt – at the expense of communities in Aberdeen. It’s time that changed and that Aberdeen got the attention and fair share of resources it needs.

The past few years haven’t been easy for the Aberdeen or the rest of the North East. Oil and gas is still recovering from the collapse in prices and the economy is still fragile.  

Aberdeen has been been let down by the SNP. Business rates are up. Council tax is up. Income tax is up. However, when it comes to funding and public services, Aberdeen misses out.

Farmers have had their payments delayed. Local schools, police and hospitals have been centralised and cut. Yet the SNP continue to their obsession with indyref2, the SNP have forgotten about the North East.

Ross said, “We’re not asking for much. We’re just asking for a fair deal for Aberdeen and especially for the North East. We need to restore our public services, make funding fair, grow our economy, with a future for farming and fishing.

“Under the SNP NHS Grampian has lost more than 1 in 10 of its GP practices. Almost half of NHS Grampian patients are not being treated within the SNP’s legally binding timescale of 12 weeks. 1 in 5 NHS Grampian patients are waiting longer than 62 days for urgent cancer treatment.

“Our schools are suffering too. The pupil-teacher ratio in Aberdeen schools has hit the worst level since records began in 2003. More than 700 teaching posts in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire had to be readvertised because of a lack of applicants. Children, teachers and parents are suffering.

“There’s so much the Scottish Government could be doing to support the North East, like targeting resources to boost the area’s economy, better supporting our hospitals, more local policing and improving vital transport connections – and I am campaigning on all of these.”

News

Scottish Conservatives Lobby Chancellor

Myself and my colleagues met again with the Chancellor Philip Hammond. I put forward what I believe is a strong and compelling case for supporting the oil and gas industry by introducing Transferable Tax History‬ which will allow the industry to lower its decomissioning costs.

Ross visits Airbus Helicopters

Ross visited Airbus Helicopters in Aberdeen for a tour of their warehouse and a demonstration of their helicopter simulator.

Ross said, "A pleasure to meet with Air Bus helicopters today to talk about the safety of Super Pumas serving the North Sea oil and Gas Industry".

Philip Hammond visits Aberdeen

The Chancellor Philip Hammond visits Aberdeen South as he reaffirms the government's commitment to the Oil and Gas industry. We will continue to deliver for the industry, supporting jobs and growth here in Aberdeen.

Ross visits the Oil and Gas Authority

Ross met with the Chief Executive of the Oil and gas Authority, Andy Samuel.

Ross received a great overview of the work of the OGA, the current state of the industry, and further opportunities to maximise economic recovery of the UK's oil and gas resources.

Ross Backs Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT

Ross Thomson has backed a campaign to bring to bring the rate of VAT across the whole UK into line with competitor destinations in the European Union.

He said a reduction in taxes would be welcomed by the tourist trade in Scotland and in the north-east in particular.

Maiden Speech - Ross Thomson Makes Aberdeen's Voice Heard

Ross gave his maiden speech on Tuesday 27th June and said, "I give an unwavering commitment to my constituents that no matter which party they voted for, if they voted at all, I will work hard and tirelessly for all of them to make Aberdeen’s voice heard."