Miliband: Referendum 'separate issue' to shipbuilding

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he does not believe the Scottish referendum played a part in the decision to continue shipbuilding in Scotland while closing the Portsmouth yard.

Mr Miliband supported the Government in its claim that the retention of Scottish jobs was for defence reasons only.

Read: Portsmouth councillors hit out at political motives for closure

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Protests over shipbuilding cuts

Around 200 demonstrators have held a rally over BAE Systems' decision to cut 940 jobs at its Portsmouth site, ending centuries of shipbuilding in the city.