Sturgeon 'sorry' to see shipbuilding in Portsmouth end

Nicola Sturgeon is the MSP for Govan, which is home to a BAE Systems yard by the River Clyde. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is "sorry" to see the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth and described the loss of 800 jobs across Scottish yards as a "significant and devastating blow" to the country's workers.

Ms Sturgeon, though, said the Scottish government "welcomed" BAE Systems' decision to continue to build in Clyde, which she said reflects the "workforce's world-class expertise and skills mix".

She said the government will work with the firm and with those who face redundancy to try to find them alternative work after the mass axing.

While some Scottish jobs remain, Ms Sturgeon added: "We recognise the disappointment that faces shipbuilders in Portsmouth."