TWO Green MSPs are lobbying the Scotland Office to intervene in the potential sale of the Green Investment Bank. Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman want the UK government’s office in Scotland to ensure that the bank maintains its commitment to environmental causes and that it safeguards the 55 jobs it has in Edinburgh; the city the MSPs represent. It was reported last week that Westminster MPs, including Green MP Caroline Lucas, are calling on the Prime Minister to stop the Green Investment Bank being “killed off” by a sale to a private firm because of fears the assets will be stripped and its environmental purpose abandoned. Both MSPs have written to the Scotland Office in Edinburgh outlining their concerns, including the “long-term record” of Macquarie, the firm considered to be the preferred bidder, of “slashing jobs”.
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