First Minister visits Dalzell steelworkers

Nicola Sturgeon arrives at Dalzell steelworks

Nicola Sturgeon arrives at Dalzell steelworks

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Dalzell Steelworks in Motherwell today, 48 hours after owners Tata Steel announced it was to be ‘mothballed’ with the loss of 225 jobs.

Ms Sturgeon also visited the Clydebridge works in Cambuslang which are being similarly axed with the loss of 45 jobs.

She said: “It was important for me to visit these sites today to hear first-hand their perspective on this difficult situation.

“The quality of the work being done is outstanding and it is clear that all of the workers have a great deal of pride in what they do.

“During my visit, I was struck by the determination of everyone on site to keep these plants open and I was able to reassure them that the Scottish Government will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help them do that.

“I firmly believe that there is a future for steel manufacturing in Scotland and nothing I have seen today has diminished that opinion.”

A taskforce led by Fergus Ewing MSP looking at the future of the steel industry will meet for the first time next week.