Just days after the SNP committed its future to a green jobs revolution, the party of government was dealt a punishing defeat in the Holyrood chamber for its failure to support a wind farm contract in Fife. Opposition MSPs backed a Labour motion condemning the Scottish Government for its decision to withdraw a guarantee that would have secured work at the BiFab yards at Methil and Arnish in Lewis. The motion was passed by just 61 votes to 60 and an amendment from the Tories calling on the Scottish Government to ensure “commitments on renewables are part of a coherent industrial strategy for the post-Covid-19 era” was passed by 61 votes to two, with 58 abstentions. The £30m deal was for BiFab to manufacture eight wind turbine jackets at its yard in Methil, Fife, as part of the £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) project off the coast. Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop insisted the government had exhausted options for rescuing the yard.
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