MP lends bakery support

Eilidh Whiteford MP and Alex Salmond MP listen to the concerns of bakery staff at John Smith in New Pitsligo.
Eilidh Whiteford MP and Alex Salmond MP listen to the concerns of bakery staff at John Smith in New Pitsligo.

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford met with workers affected by the closure of the John Smith Bakery in New Pitsligo recently, hearing their concerns and showing her support for them at this uncertain time.

Dr. Whiteford was joined by representatives of Fraserburgh Development Trust, who had been managing the bakery as part of a community interest company for the last two years, until the difficult decision was taken to close the venture after efforts to secure substantial Lottery funding proved unsuccessful.

Representatives of the FDT explained the circumstances leading to the decision, and Dr. Whiteford offered her assistance to the workers in ensuring that they are aware of their rights in this difficult situation.

She said: “This is a very concerning and uncertain time for all those who were employed at the bakery and last week unexpectedly found themselves out of work.

“I am pleased that the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) team has already been in touch with the employees of the Bakery, and are actively assisting them in finding new employment.

“It is important that the workers had this opportunity to raise any questions or concerns, and I have assured them that I stand ready to assist in helping them ensure that they are aware of their rights in a situation like this, as well as helping them access the necessary support that is available.”

Alex Salmond MP and the SNP’s Candidate for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin, also attended the meeting to show their support.