ALEX SALMOND, the SNP leader, has visited Glenrothes to talk about jobs and energy during the election campaign.
He was accompanied by Tricia Marwick, SNP candidate for Mid Fife and Glenrothes at the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, on a visit to local firm Tullis Russell.
Mr Salmond joined Mrs Marwick to hear about the progress of Tullis Russell’s Biomass Project, which will secure the future of the paper mill and safeguard more than 500 existing jobs.
The project, which received £8.1 million funding from the Scottish Government, will also reduce Tullis Russell’s carbon emissions by around 250,000 tonnes each year.
Mr Salmond said: “I was very pleased to see the progress that is being made on the biggest biomass project in Scotland.
“At Tullis Russell they are leading the way as new technologies revitalise old industries. This project will not only protect jobs at Tullis Russell, it will create jobs in construction and green-energy generation.”
Mrs Marwick said: “This project will be the biggest biomass generator in Scotland and will secure the jobs of 500 existing workers at Tullis Russell.
“Tullis Russell has been at the heart of the local business community for 200 years and I am sure this new project, thanks to SNP Government support, will ensure the company enjoys a long and prosperous future.
Labour’s Claire Baker, candidate for the Glenrothes seat said: “Under Alex Salmond’s party this area is in the grips of a jobs crisis and future funding for council-run care homes has been axed.
“The SNP have no new ideas to tackle the local jobs crisis and Mr Salmond’s failure to join me in condemning the care home cuts speaks volumes.
“Glenrothes deserves better.”