SNP Euro Campaign Heads To Dundee

26 May 2009
MEP Alyn Smith and Campaign Convener and Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick have today (Tuesday) visited the Translational Medicine Research Collaboration at Ninewells - which has been backed with over ÂŁ17 million of investment from the SNP Scottish Government to maintain Dundee's lead as a life sciences capital.

The TMRC is a collaboration involving four of Scotland's leading universities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow), their corresponding health boards, Scottish Enterprise and global pharmaceutical company Wyeth.

The partnership has created more than 100 high value jobs across the universities, NHS and at the core laboratory. The new purpose built laboratory at Ninewells Hospital has the capacity to accommodate up to 120 staff.

Bringing the campaign to Dundee, SNP MEP Alyn Smith:

"Dundee is a world leader in life sciences and the Translational Medicine Research Collaboration will ensure we remain at the forefront of advances in medicine - a move that will help protect Scotland's jobs and build a sustainable economic future.

"This collaboration has already delivered over 100 jobs and the SNP Government have created a new life sciences apprenticeship to ensure our young people are trained in the skills of the future to support this growing industry."

Dundee MSP Joe FitzPatrick said:

"In March this year the people of Dundee cast their verdict on Labour with an overwhelming vote for the SNP at a council by-election and a fresh start for the city with an SNP administration.

"On June 4th voters across the country can have their say too, with a vote for a strong voice in Europe and action to shake up the London parties and force a general election."