Report cover-up claim at shipyard

Jamie Greene MSP has taken on the Shadow Justice Secretary role following a cabinet reshuffle.

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An MSP claims there is a cover-up as the Scottish Government will not release a ferry consultation report.

The report is into the management at the nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow, where the new Arran ferry, the MV Glen Sannox, is being built.

The ‘benchmarking exercise’ has been carried out by a global shipbuilding consultancy but reports this week say the government will not release details as it would damage the ‘commercial interests’ of the yard.

The Conservative West Scotland regional MSP Jamie Greene  said: ‘The appalling refusal of the SNP government to publish this report is a massive insult to island residents and ferry users.

‘This fiasco continues to go from one bungle to the next and it’s no wonder that they want to cover up the findings.

‘Brushing this under the rug simply isn’t good enough, especially when residents continue to face lengthy delays, patients can’t make vital appointments and island businesses can’t plan ahead.

‘Meanwhile, the local MSP is in a position to lobby his boss, the First Minister, but I doubt he will be standing up on this issue for those he represents anytime soon.’

A government spokesman said it is committed to Ferguson Marine, its workforce and the vessels being built, which are the MV Glen Sannox and her sister ship.