‘Caught out’ over green energy jobs

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 23/11/2012

Alex Salmond was pushed into setting the record straight over green energy jobs because he was “caught out”, a campaigner claimed last night.

Lyndsay Ward said the first minister only acted after she challenged him for a second time to back up claims the renewables industry supported 18,000 jobs. The anti-windfarm activist from Beauly revealed she first wrote to the SNP leader on the issue on October 30 – five days after he made the assertion in the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Ward said that when no information was forthcoming, she sent Mr Salmond a second e-mail on November 14 – the day before civil servants asked Holyrood staff to amend the official report to reflect the fact only 11,000 jobs were supported. Ms Ward said: “I don’t think Alex Salmond had any intention of doing anything until he was pushed. I think he thought I would go away but he had a rude awakening – he was caught out.”

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