Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has written to Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and founder of Ineos, calling on consideration to be given for Grangemouth to be chosen as the site for the production of a new 4x4 off-road vehicle.

Ratcliffe has created a company that will invest millions to produce vehicles inspired by the original Land Rover Defender. A fan of the Defender, the Ineos founder wants to fill a gap in the market where the classic off-roader once stood. The company has completed various feasibility studies into producing the vehicles, but is yet to announce where the production site will be located.

The Falkirk East MSP wrote to Jim Ratcliffe putting Grangemouth forward as the ideal location for the 4x4 production site.

Commenting on the initial request, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, said:

“Already the Grangemouth site at Ineos employs over 1,300 people directly, and indirectly, through the Grangemouth plant. This would be a huge boost to the local economy if the 4x4 production site were to be placed in Grangemouth. The port also offers the perfect location for investment and would provide the ideal platform for this project to be realised.

“The Grangemouth plant is ideally located, with clear access to many routes of transportation. It lies at the centre of Scotland’s industrial heartland, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and is served by the M9 motorway. Any new production site would want the most accessible route to market across the world and with access to national road and rail networks, as well as being located near the Port of Grangemouth, the U.K.’s largest feeder port and the only port in the U.K. which exports more than it imports. Evidently, Grangemouth’s location gives the perfect combination for further development as a logistics and distribution hub with its road, rail and sea links as well as available land.

“Clearly this would be a fantastic opportunity for the town, the local economy and for the already cast iron reputation of Grangemouth for being the place to invest. I would be more than happy to see a new global icon born in the Port to be enjoyed by the world.”

Falkirk East MSP urges women to attend cervical screening to prevent cervical cancer


Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, is supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week this week (CSAW, 12-18 June) by urging all women to attend their cervical screening appointment when invited.

Cervical cancer currently claims two lives every day in the UK and it is the most common cancer in women under 35. Cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers yet the number of women attending is at a 10- year low in Scotland[1] and more than one in four women do not attend their screening appointment. 

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East constituency said:

“Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives in the UK each year yet many women don’t understand the importance of attending screening regularly.  During Cervical Screening Awareness Week, I want to encourage women to talk to their friends, mothers and daughters about the steps they can take to reduce their risk of cervical cancer.  It’s such an important five-minute test that really could save your life.”

Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said:

“We cannot afford to see cervical screening attendance fall any further. Diagnoses of cervical cancer in the UK are worryingly high and will only increase if more women don’t attend screening. We want to encourage women to look after their health, including the health of their cervix and that means attending cervical screening. By not attending, women are significantly increasing their risk of a life-threatening disease.”

Find out more about Cervical Screening Awareness Week at 

Falkirk District Fracking Consultation Submission

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Link to a PDF of the submission to the Fracking Consultation which ended yesterday:


Falkirk District SNP Submission to the Scottish Government Consultation on Unconventional Oil & Gas

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