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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced in his Autumn Budget statement yesterday that there will be support for a Moray Growth Deal. The team behind the Moray Growth Deal bid will now be focussed on agreeing heads of terms and securing the best deal for Moray.

To mark the announcement, Moray apprentices have displayed ‘MGD: Under construction’ using materials from their various trades at Cooper Park, Elgin – one of the sites proposed for development as part of a Cultural Quarter for the region.

Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said: “This announcement by the Chancellor marks the start of something special in Moray. I’m delighted to see our growth deal given the backing it deserves, and I’d like to thank the team behind the bid for preparing such an ambitious and inspirational vision for Moray’s future, which is now within touching distance.

“The Moray Growth Deal has great cross-party support, which is major strength as we go forward. The next few months will see us negotiate with both UK and Scottish governments, to secure the best deal that we can for Moray.”

Pictured are (L-R):

  • Michael Urquhart, head of the Moray Growth Deal Business Assembly
  • Rhona Gunn, Moray Council
  • Conor Fraser Taylor, apprentice electrician
  • John Divers, Moray Alliance Group Leader
  • Chris Hay, apprentice joiner
  • Shona Morrison, Convener
  • Brandon McLennan, apprentice plumber
  • Tim Eagle, Leader of Moray Council Conservatives
  • John Cowe, Moray councillor, independent
  • Graham Leadbitter, Moray Council leader


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