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Failed energy company plan ’embarrassing’ says Lennon

Monica Lennon

Monica Lennon: ‘galling’

Scottish Labour has described as “embarrassing” the Scottish government’s decision to pull the plug on its plans for a publicly-owned energy company.

As revealed by Daily Business yesterday, ministers will instead set up an agency to advise on energy efficiency.

Scottish Labour’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport spokesperson Monica Lennon said: “This embarrassing downgrade lays bare the complete lack of ambition at the heart of this government.

“There is always a gulf between what the SNP promise and what they deliver, but even by their standards this is galling.

“This confirms once and for all how little influence the Greens really have in government – and how quickly they’ve abandoned their principles.”

Daily Business revealed the decision yesterday

The reversal of policy was revealed following an enquiry by Daily Business after Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray had called at the weekend for the government to make progress on setting up the state-backed company.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had told delegates attending the 2017 party conference that the government would set up the taxpayer-owned company to deliver low cost energy.

But a government spokesman told Daily Business earlier this week that the plan had been “halted”.

Today Ms Lennon accused the government of watering down its plans.

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