Diageo jobs may be saved after council plan is considered

Some 700 Diageo jobs may be saved if a business plan attempting to prevent the Kilmarnock bottling plant from closure is implemented by the Scottish government.

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney will later today consider a business from East Ayrshire Council – the latest stage of a multi-agency cross-party campaign to save local jobs, the BBC has reported.

The plan also outlines measures to save Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow, retaining another 200 jobs if it works.

Last month the drinks maker announced it would need to close both plants but said job cuts would be off-set by the creation of up to 400 new posts in Fife.

The proposals drew fierce criticism from across the political spectrum, with 20,000 protesters marching against the closures.

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