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Miliband urged to probe Falkirk after union rep quits

Ed Miliband has been urged to consider reopening Labour's inquiry into allegations of candidate-selection fixing in the Falkirk constituency.

Commenting on today's resignation of Grangemouth union official Stevie Deans, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said:

Stevie Deans' resignation is yet another reason why Ed Miliband must finally act. He must publish the internal Labour inquiry into Falkirk.

Ed Miliband should also open a new inquiry: to investigate properly the initial allegations of selection rigging, and Unite's attempt to subvert the internal inquiry.

– Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman

Grangemouth union rep 'quit after investigation'

Grangemouth union official Stevie Deans resigned after learning the findings of a disciplinary case against him, said refinery operator Ineos.

Mr Stephen Deans has today resigned from the company with immediate effect.

The company has conducted a thorough investigation into Mr Deans’ activities over the last eighteen months and made Mr Deans aware of these findings last week.

Mr Deans requested an additional five days prior to the final disciplinary hearing to allow him time to provide any further relevant information.

The company was due to meet with Mr Deans again tomorrow but has now received his resignation.

– Ineos statement

Deans was investigated by the company following his involvement in the row over the selection of a Labour candidate in the Falkirk constituency.


Cameron: Sense has been seen over Grangemouth

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the deal to keep Grangemouth open, during a press conference in Brussels.

On a day when the economy is picking up it's excellent news that a really important petrochemical plant will stay open, saving thousands of jobs not just at that plant but in the supply chain, and also seeing the refinery reopen, it's good news.

I think sense has been seen which is that, when you have challenges and costs, you need reform that goes with the investment and it seems to me in Grangemouth that's what we are going to have - the reform and investment coming together.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Ineos boss: Grangemouth a powerhouse of economy

Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and chief executive of Ineos Group, described today's news as "a victory for common sense".

"Grangemouth is the powerhouse of the Scottish economy," he said. "It now has a fighting chance of upholding this crucial role into the future.

Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and chief executive of Ineos Group, described Grangemouth as a 'powerhouse of the Scottish economy' Credit: PA

"Obviously today's news is tinged with sadness," he continued. "Decent men and women are being asked to make sacrifices to hold on to their jobs but the clear wish of our members is that we work with the company to implement its proposals."


Grangemouth workers have been 'staring into the abyss'

John Convery, a manager at Grangemouth, described the last few days as "hellish"

"Myself and my colleagues, and all of our families, have been staring into the abyss," he said.

Worker Eddie Heaney celebrates after an announcement by owners Ineos to keep the Grangemouth petrochemical site open Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

He added: "We'd just been paid but we didn't know if we were going to get another pay cheque again. We were told that the company we work for was going into liquidation and we didn't know if we were going to get any redundancy or what was going to happen to our pension ...

"There was a lot of relief and a lot of emotion in there, we're relieved that we've still got a job."

Davey: Grangemouth community 'avoided major blow'

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has hailed an agreement to save the Grangemouth chemical plant and said it showed the Coalition's "commitment to Scotland".

This is a very positive result.

Grangemouth is important to the Scottish economy, the UK economy and most importantly to the local economy where 800 jobs have been saved and the local community has avoided a major blow.

We can now look forward to a future of growth at Grangemouth.

Many people in the UK and Scottish Governments have worked hard to make this happen, a clear sign of our commitment to Scotland, its economy and its people.

– Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Scottish Secretary: Lessons to be learned from dispute

The staff and their families have been through a very stressful and uncertain time. They have been through a hell of a week and I hope they have a much better weekend as a result of today's announcement.

They can look to the future with an optimism which was absent earlier in the week ...

There are undoubtedly lessons to be learned from this dispute but for now we should focus on the immediate success of securing the site's future.

– Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Secretary
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