The BBC reports 1200 job losses expected at Tata Steel plants across the UK. Two Lanarkshire plants under threat are the Dalzell plate rolling works in Motherwell, which has been operating since 1872, and Clydebridge in Cambuslang, which opened in 1887.

John Park, assistant general secretary of trade union Community, said:

“The significance of this is that it could be the end of steel production in Scotland. Tata Steel have to be persuaded to mothball the site rather than close it and the Scottish Government has to have a role in keeping the infrastructure secure and supporting short-time work until a future can be secured.”