A View from Westminster – Brendan O’Hara MP

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IT’S A TELLING contrast that while Theresa May is in Saudi Arabia trying to secure further arms deals with the Saudi regime, ignoring their appalling use of illegal cluster munitions in Yemen, Scotland’s First Minister is in the USA promoting trade, investment, tourism and innovation.

Within hours Nicola Sturgeon secured investment of £6.3m from three separate US firms.

Hours later she signed a joint agreement on tackling climate change with the Governor of California and after a series of key meetings on trade and investment in Scotland, she will address an audience of esteemed US academics, where she’ll talk about Scotland’s place in the world.

For my part, I have spent the week in the United Arab Emirates as part of a parliamentary delegation to visit political and business leaders in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

I visited their space programme and discussed a number of issues which could have resonance in Scotland. Certainly there are a number of initiatives I will definitely follow up with my colleagues in the Scottish Government in the coming days and weeks.

Attracting investment and creating jobs in this constituency was something I committed myself to when first elected in May 2015 and I promised to use my position as your MP to promote all that Argyll and Bute has to offer.

I’m delighted to announce this week that I will be organising and hosting a day-long event in June, right here in Campbeltown, to which the Chinese British Business Council will come, along with other specialists to explain to local businesses how to access the Chinese market, the world’s second largest economy.
This session will cover what it means to trade with China, how to do it, who to contact, what to look out for and how to market your product.
And market it we can…

I firmly believe that it’s about time we in Argyll and Bute put ourselves on a pedestal; blew our own trumpet for once. We have a unique position here in Argyll and Bute with food and drink, life science, marine science and other sectors.

It is quality and it has provenance and I think it’s about time the world knew it too.