Hundreds of oil jobs to face axe

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Energy giant BP has announced hundreds of job losses amid the plunging price of oil, sparking warnings of further cuts and calls for government action.

The firm said it expects to shed 200 onshore staff, while 100 contractors’ posts will also be axed.

Holyrood’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing demanded action from Westminster, saying the employment threat from the oil price fall has produced the the most serious jobs situation Scotland has faced “in living memory”.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said he had “huge sympathy” with the workers losing their jobs.