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Multi-million Moray deal could be announced tomorrow

By Alistair Whitfield

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Douglas Ross MP
Douglas Ross MP

DOUGLAS Ross has commented on his excitement that the Moray Growth Deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow when the Deputy Prime Minister visits.

Moray's MP was speaking as it was announcement earlier today that David Lidington will be coming to Moray on Thursday.

Mr Ross said: "There has been a huge amount of work done by partners in Moray and both the UK and Scottish Governments to get us to this stage where I believe we are close to confirming the Moray Growth Deal.

"This is an ambitious and transformational plan for our area.

"As the Minister said in response to my question at Cabinet Office questions today, these Growth Deals have made a huge impact in other parts of Scotland where they’ve been delivered.

"I believe this visit to Moray by David Lidington, who deputises for the Prime Minister, is the ideal opportunity to confirm the progress both our Governments have made on this deal and to confirm it will be going ahead and the funding Moray will receive to deliver this plan.

“I’ve championed the Growth Deal at Westminster since I was elected as Moray’s MP and I’m excited that we could be on the cusp of delivering this significant investment to our area."

A £250million Aberdeen Growth Deal was signed in November 2016 and included joint Scottish and UK Government commitments.

Two months later an even bigger agreement was signed with Inverness, with £315million being pledged to the city and its surrounding area.

Several proposals have been put forward as to how any pledged cash might be spent in Moray.

Amongst these are plans to turn Grant Lodge in Elgin's Cooper Park into a whisky museum, and creating a technology centre to help small businesses in the North-East.

Deputy Prime Minister David LIdington
Deputy Prime Minister David LIdington

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