Business taskforce will aim to boost Scotland’s economy, says Mundell
LEADING figures from Scotland’s business sector will form a new taskforce to help boost Scotland’s economy.
The taskforce will be made up of business and economy experts, said Scottish Secretary David Mundell.
Former UK Government minister Andrew Dunlop has been commissioned to chair the group, whose members are yet to be announced.
Mr Mundell said they will help advise the UK Government on economic and industrial policy.
He said: “The UK Government’s new Scottish business taskforce will provide expert advice and guidance on how best to strengthen Scotland’s economy.
“We know that Scotland’s economic performance lags behind the rest of UK, and we need to close that gap.
David Mundell has yet to name group’s members.
“As we develop our ambitious industrial strategy and negotiate new trade deals with Europe and around the world, this expert panel will provide insight from a range of Scottish business sectors.”
The Scottish Secretary made the announcement ahead of a trip to Paraguay
and Argentina to promote Scottish business interests.
He added: “As we are prepare to leave the EU, we want to build and strengthen our trade relationships with friends and partners old and new, and I am certain Scottish companies will be at the forefront of this.” THE SNP has suffered a further drop in membership, figures have revealed.
After topping 120,000 in July last year, it slipped to 118,000 last month.
The figures, which have not been publicised by the party, are revealed in a briefing paper published by the House of Commons library.
The SNP still has comfortably more members than all the other Holyrood parties combined. However its rivals said the slide confirmed Scotland had now passed “peak Nat”.
The fall coincides with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling a second independence referendum in March, and the party losing one-third of its MPs in the June election, its worst reverse in 40 years.
The SNP’s membership grew massively after the No