I voted against the UK Government's Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.
I am disappointed in the UK government's decision not to adopt the SNP's vital amendment—a move that, unfortunately, aligns with our expectations given the current political landscape.
Regrettably, the legislation in question falls short on critical fronts—it does not contribute to the reduction of fuel bills, lacks measures for ensuring energy security, and fails to support a just transition that secures jobs for future generations.
At a time when a global renewables revolution is underway, with nations from the US to the EU actively participating, it is disheartening to witness the potential consequences of being left behind due to perceived incompetence at Westminster.
I firmly believe in Scotland's energy potential and assert that the key to progress lies in empowering our region. Scotland has the energy, we just need the power for a sustainable, secure, and equitable energy future.