Coastguard Restructuring Climbdown “A Victory For Common Sense” – Ming Campbell

Reports that a review of Government plans to restructure the Coastguard service may be underway have been welcomed by Sir Menzies Campbell MP.

Sir Menzies, whose North East Fife constituency is home to under-threat Forth Coastguard, said:

“If these reports are true then they would represent a victory for common sense and the campaign for retention of as much of the existing coastguard network as possible.

“I have spoken in a debate in the House of Commons when the Government’s proposals did not have a single friend apart from the Minister seeking to justify them. The proposals simply didn’t take account of local knowledge, the productive relationships between the Coastguard and other emergency services and the increased volume of nautical traffic.”

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