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Nicola Sturgeon slams Leonard over BiFab in 2017

Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) has confirmed its administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk, after the Scottish government refused to provide more funding and ruled out nationalization. The company’s administration is stepping in as it failed to secure new contracts and despite the fact that it had already received a £ 52million bailout from the Scottish government.

And now Ms Sturgeon has been ridiculed in her own words after Twitter users unearthed a video in which the Scottish Prime Minister passionately told Holyrood that she previously rescued BiFab from administration.

She said: “Leonard had little photo ops outside of BiFab. I was actually making sure that we saved this business from administration. ”

His comments referred to when the Scottish government rescued the company, which has factories in Fife and Lewis, in 2017.

Scot Fax tweeted the video alongside the caption, “Well, that’s great stuff. “

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Andrew Neil laughed at the sturgeon on Twitter (Image: GETTY)

While BBC presenter Andrew Neil simply tweeted the video alongside, “This company is now under administration.”

Canadian company DF Barnes bought the company in 2018, but said it was “not an investable company at the time” and it was understood that the Scottish government would be the “main financier”.

The company was preparing to put up to 500 employees back to work on a wind project when it emerged ministers could no longer provide the necessary financial support.

A £ 2 billion deal then resulted in the manufacture of eight turbine liners at its Methil yard as part of the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) project.

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The Scottish government previously bailed out the company (Image: GETTY)

A company statement said: ‘BiFab can confirm that the board has agreed to place the company under administration following the Scottish Government’s decision to end contractual insurance.

‘However, the lack of supply chain protection in Scotland and across the UK has consistently undermined our ability to compete with public and government-supported projects outside and within. the European Union.

“We urge the Scottish and UK governments to address these structural challenges urgently to ensure that the benefits of offshore renewables are shared more widely with communities across the country. ”

The Scottish government has argued state aid rules prevent it from bailing out the company and has ruled out nationalization.

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Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) confirmed administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk (Image: GETTY)

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BiFab administration intervenes because it failed to secure new contracts (Image: GETTY)

But Holyrood and UK governments have faced stiff criticism from the unions, accusing them of “failure”.

GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith and Unite Scotland Secretary Pat Rafferty said in a joint statement: “BiFab administration exposes myth of the renewable energy revolution in Scotland, as well as a decade of political hypocrisy and failure in Scotland and the rest of the UK. ”

Economic Secretary Fiona Hyslop is committed to working with administrators and unions to find a new future for the company’s yards.

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She said: “I know that this will be a time of great concern for the workers at BiFab and we will continue to do everything in our power to support them and stand ready to work with any company interested in taking the job sites.

“The Scottish Government has worked for over three years to support BiFab through the financial challenges it has faced and remains committed to securing a future for the yards and the workforce.

“As a minority shareholder, we have been exhaustive in our review of the options available to us to support BiFab.

“We will now work with administrators and unions to secure a new future for the BiFab sites in Fife and the Western Islands, ensuring that they are able to diversify and be competitive in this competitive market.

Asked about BiFab during the Prime Minister’s Questions at Holyrood on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said: “I deeply regret and am deeply disappointed with the developments this morning.

“If there had been more than we could have done within the law to prevent what happened today, we would have done it. ”


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