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FEARS FOR SHIPYARDS.

DEFENCE jobs would go "beyond doubt" in an independent Scotland, Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker said yesterday.

He met staff working on the Navy's aircraft carriers on a visit to the Rosyth dockyard.

An estimated 14,000 people work in defence in Scotland. Coaker said: "The jobs of thousands of Scots in our defence industry are secured by being part of the UK "One thing we know beyond doubt is that leaving the UK would cost defence jobs.

"The UK Government have never awarded a contract for complex warships outside of the UK." But SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson said: "Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the second aircraft carrier will continue to be built at Rosyth following a Yes vote.

"It is beyond belief Scottish Labour are claiming shipbuilding is safer in Westminster's hands."

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Date:Sep 2, 2014
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