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DEVASTATION; Fears for town after Diageo pull out.

Byline: BRUCE WALKER

KILMARNOCK MP Des Browne yesterday warned the town will face devastation if the Johnnie Walker Johnnie Walker is a brand of Scotch whisky produced in Kilmarnock, Scotland. It is the most widely distributed brand of Scotch whisky in the world, sold in almost every country and with yearly sales of over 120 million bottles.  whisky plant closes.

He called for an economic recovery plan after drinks giant Diageo confirmed they would close the bottling plant Noun 1. bottling plant - a plant where beverages are put into bottles with caps
industrial plant, plant, works - buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"
 and axe 700 jobs.

Former Scottish secretary Browne, who represents the town at Westminster, said: "Kilmarnock will be devastated if the plant closes. It will ruin the lives and futures of people in our town.

"But because the Scottish Government plan failed to convince Diageo to do the right thing, we have to prepare for the worst. There is not a person in Kilmarnock who isn't connected to Johnnie Walker in some way.

"Businesses depend on Diageo workers spending money in the town. The knock-on effects are frightening."

Diageo announced on Wednesday that the closure would go ahead and rejected an alternative plan drawn up by a Scottish Government-backed taskforce.

A consultation with the unions and staff is continuing.

Browne called for a Kilmarnock Recovery Plan, adding: "I want the SNP SNP Scottish National Party

Noun 1. SNP - (genetics) genetic variation in a DNA sequence that occurs when a single nucleotide in a genome is altered; SNPs are usually considered to be point mutations that have been evolutionarily
 Government and Diageo to make a real contribution to the town."
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Date:Sep 13, 2009
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