PM calls Falkirk’s Deans a ‘rogue operator’

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Prime Minister David Cameron accused union official Stephen Deans of nearly bringing the Scottish petrochemical industry “to its knees”.

The Tory leader’s statement in Parliament yesterday was condemned as “disgraceful” by Unite boss Len McCluskey who demanded an apology from the PM on Mr Dean’s behalf.

Mr Deans, the man at the centre of the dispute between the Ineos and Unite, resigned on Monday - the day before Ineos was due to announce the findings of an internal investigation – and blasted the firm for the way it conducted itself while carrying out a probe into his alleged wrongdoing at the plant.

This latest development comes as Grangemouth began getting back to business as usual, with Ineos firing up its petrochemical plant.

However, as yesterday showed, it may prove difficult to lay last week’s events to rest for some time to come.