Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking ahead of the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth, said:
“Today we celebrate the skills and talents of the men and women who worked on the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
“This is the biggest warship ever built in the United Kingdom. Assembled here in Scotland, but built in six yards around the United Kingdom. From Glasgow to Birkenhead, Fife to Portsmouth, this contract has provided work to thousands of people across the country and made the best use of the skills and talents of the people who work in our yards. It is a visible reminder of what we can achieve when we work together across the United Kingdom.
“Shipbuilding has been at the centre of many communities across Scotland for hundreds of years, and today we pay tribute to the workers on the Clyde and at Rosyth who have made this project a reality.
“As part of the United Kingdom, I’m confident that shipbuilding in Scotland will have a positive future and continue to thrive.”