Speaking on behalf of the joint trade unions in relation to a fresh review of Munitions Defence Longtown, Neil Scott said:
Defence Minister Phillip Dunne has ordered a final review into the future of Defence Munitions Longtown.
Mr Dunne sent a letter to local representatives, stating that he has instructed officials to look into alternative cost cutting measures that could keep Longtown open.
– Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell
"This latest update from the Ministry of Defence shows that all the options to retain the site are still on the table.
"There remains a strong case for retaining MoD Longtown, despite the planned spending cuts and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure that case is heard ahead of the final decision.
"The commitment and quality of existing workers cannot be questioned and it is important that local MPs, councils and trade unions continue to work together to make the positive case for Longtown at this time."
A coroner has said a grandmother whose body was found in woods in Cumbria was probably killed after being subjected to some sort of violent attack with a sexual motive.
Betty Brown's remains were discovered near Longtown in January 2011.
She disappeared in May 2010.
She was naked from the waist down.
Police have always treated the case as suspicious.
Her body was so decomposed, a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death.
Recording an open verdict, Coroner Robert Chapman said on balance, the likelihood was she was attacked and killed in the woods.
Arthuret Road in Longtown, Cumbria, has re-opened.
The road was closed after a tractor carrying a load of manure overturned, causing around 100 yards of the A7 to be covered in dung.
A tractor carrying a load of manure has overturned in Longtown, Cumbria, covering the road in manure.
Arthuret Road is closed in both directions whilst the manure is cleaned up.
Dr Matthew Lyell, the Home Office pathologist who examined Betty Brown's body, said it was severely decomposed and that made an assessment very hard.
Betty's daughter Sarah and her husband gave evidence and said they were expecting her to visit in June and were not expecting her down that weekend.
Sarah and Betty's sister, Maureen both said they did not think she would commit suicide.
The inquest also heard Cumbria Police are concerned about a third party involvement because of where the body was found.
An inquest has heard a woman's body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to establish a cause of death.
The remains of Betty Brown were discovered in woods in Longtown in Cumbria in January 2011.
She was last seen on 28th May 2010 and its believed she boarded a bus from her home in Edinburgh to come and visit her daughter, who at the time lived in Gretna with her husband and children.
Her body was discovered naked from the waist down, lying face down on the ground.
Her belongings were in two shopping bags found nearby.
An inquest is set to begin into the death of 56-year-old Betty Brown, whose body was found in woods near Longtown in January 2011.
Mrs Brown, from Hawick, was last seen in May 2010, when it is thought she travelled from Edinburgh to Longtown on a bus.
Her remains were found eight months later in woods near Longtown.
Despite extensive appeals to the public, the police have been unable to find out what happened to her.
Cumbria Police are still treating the death as 'suspicious'.
An inquest is due to start today into the death of a woman whose remains were found in woods near Longtown two years ago. Betty Brown went missing from Edinburgh in 2010. Police say her death is suspicious.
Six immigration offenders are due to be deported after a UK Border Agency operation at register offices in Gretna, Langholm and Moffat.
The two day operation happened on 9 and 10 October. Officers acted on intelligence and investigated weddings scheduled to take place at the registration offices.
- At Gretna, 2 Pakistani men, a 21-year-old who was due to be married to a Lithuanian woman and another aged 33, who was acting as a witness to the marriage were both arrested.
- A 22-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he planned to marry a Polish woman again in Gretna.
- In Langholm a 23-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he attempted to marry a Polish woman.
- In the operation at Moffat a 32-year-old Nigerian woman was arrested as she attempted to marry a Lithuanian man. A 23-year-old Indian man who was acting as a witness to this was also arrested.
All those arrested were found to have overstayed their visas and 5 had travelled to Scotland from the Greater London area for the ceremonies. They have all been detained while steps are now taken to deport them
Adam Scarcliffe, from the UK Border Agency, said:
– Adam Scarcliffe, The UK Border Agency
"Anyone in the UK illegally and seeking to evade our immigration laws should take heed of this latest operation, and expect to be found by us and removed from the UK.
"The UK Border Agency is working with colleagues at registration offices throughout Scotland and receives intelligence from a wide variety of sources. We will not hesitate to act against those who mistakenly believe that they can abuse the immigration system."