PM makes flying visit offshore to put oil and gas centre stage

By Calum Ross

Published: 25/02/2014

David Cameron was flown out to an oil and gas platform 150 miles offshore yesterday as the “vital” North Sea industry took centre stage in the independence battle.

The prime minister jetted into Aberdeen in the morning, and took a helicopter out to BP’s Etap installation, before returning to chair the UK Cabinet’s first meeting in the Granite City.

The whistle-stop tour was made as UK ministers pledged to fast-track proposals to maximise North Sea oil and gas recovery – and amid warnings that the industry’s future was more secure within the Union.

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