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MSPs Back SELECT Campaign

Almost one third of MSP’s in Scotland have given their support to SELECT’s campaign for regulating the profession of electricians after two more politicians added their names to the electrical trade body’s Wall of Support.

Alex Cole-Hamilton, a Lib Dem MSP, and Alan Brown, a SNP MP have this week, became the latest politicians to feature on the online wall. The wall also shows the individuals and organisations who support SELECT’s campaign for Protection of Title.

With the support of these two politicians, it now means that 41 our of 129 MSP’s now back the association’s call for legislation, which would make it an offence for someone to call themselves an electrician when they have no, or inadequate, qualifications.

Mr Brown, the Westminster MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun said: “I am delighted to support SELECT’s campaign to regulate the electrical industry. It is a massive step in the right direction which protects my constituents and businesses within my constituency when using electricians.

“As an engineer I appreciate the protection of professional qualifications. It will ensue constituents and businesses get exactly what they pay fir when hiring an electrician to carry out and keep themselves safe from faulty work.

“Far too much public cash is being spent on repairing faulty electrical work. I believe the regulation of the electric industry will reduce this significantly – that is why I am happy to work cross-party with other members and support SELECT’s campaign.”

SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson, said: “We are grateful for all the support we have received, across parties, from our politicians and, despite the difficulties all sectors of the economy are currently facing, we remain firm in our belief that our ongoing campaign to make electrician a regulated profession will ultimately succeed.

“Once we are through the worst of this pandemic, the need for properly qualified electricians will be more important than ever to help Scotland rebuild and recover safely.”

Other bodies that have contributed a brick to SELECT’s Wall of Support include the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), Unite the Union, Electrical Safety First, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Scottish Association of Landlords, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group and the Energy Saving Trust.

The Scottish Government has also pledged to publish a consultation on the regulation of electricians as part of its 2019-20 Programme for Government, which was released in September 2019.

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