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Spectacular Kelpies sculpture unveiled near Falkirk

Dramatic sculptures celebrating Scotland's horse-powered heritage have been unveiled near Falkirk.

The Kelpies sculpture was designed by Andy Scott Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The colossal 30-metre high Kelpie sculptures tower above the Forth & Clyde canal to form a gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland.

The Kelpies are 30 meteres high and weigh over 300 tonnes each Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Each Kelpie weights over 300 tonnes, and were sculpted by Andy Scott.


Labour: Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry to remain closed

Labour has refused to reopen its inquiry into the Falkirk vote-rigging row amid claims that evidence from a key witness was withdrawn without her consent.

A party spokesman said Lorraine Kane had been asked about quotes in the Daily Mail suggesting she had not intended to retract her complaint about alleged irregularities in the candidate selection process.

However, she confirmed that she stood by the sworn statement given to the party's probe in September, according to the spokesman.

It was that affidavit which was part of the reason that led the Labour Party to conclude there was insufficient evidence to proceed with our inquiry.

Therefore we have not seen any new evidence to justify further action.

– Labour spokesman

Deans believed he was being treated as 'enemy within'

Steven Deans believed he was being treated as the "enemy within" after 25 years of working at the plant, according to Unite.

Mr Deans accused the company of leaking emails to the media to "smear his reputation", in his resignation latter to Ineos.

He told the Unite meeting: "The hurt to my family is unforgivable and I will not allow management to take away my dignity and self-respect any further."

The union said it is considering "what steps can be taken on Mr Deans' behalf" without diminishing its commitment to the survival plan workers signed with Ineos last week.

Unite's Grangemouth chief resigns

Steven Deans, the Unite union's representative at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland, was at the centre of a dispute which led to the refinery's bosses threatening to shut down the whole site.

He has now resigned a day before he was due to meet his employer, Ineos.

Mr Deans was also chairman of the Labour party in nearby Falkirk, and was accused of trying to install Unite's choice as Labour candidate for MP. ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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."

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