Scottish research centre row

A row has erupted over Scottish plans to host a new £1 billion research centre for energy.

Glasgow won the race to be Scotland's nomination to for the UK-wide institute - despite the fact that the country's branch of the Confederation of British Industry and the oil and gas industry all put their weight behind Aberdeen.

The Scottish government said that the decision had been made by a panel of academics set up by the previous regime.

"I am deeply saddened and astonished by this decision. It is a huge opportunity lost for the long-term prosperity of the city and frankly a betrayal of Aberdeen by the SNP executive," north-east Labour MSP Richard Baker told the BBC.

"No objective judgement can see Glasgow as being a better place to host the new technology institute.

"This is a bad decision for Aberdeen and for Scotland, as this would have been the logical home for what will be a crucial development in the future of the UK energy industry."

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