The Scottish Labour leader and North Ayrshire Council leader joined and Unite Scotland members to protest at the closure of Kilwinning’s Royal Bank this morning.

Richard Leonard and Kilwinning Councillor Joe Cullinane joined a demonstration in the town’s Main Street as part of Unite Scotland’s ‘day of action’ at under-threat branches across the country.

This came as the bank announced they had made a £752 million profit in 2017, following the planned closure of Kilwinning's branch.

United Scotland Deputy Scottish Secretary. Mary Alexander said: “We think RBS has to do its sums again on its closure programme. We need the actual figures they have used to decide where the axe is to fall on branches.

"They’ve said closing 62 branches – 10 have a stay of execution at present - will cost £9.5m. That’s a drop in the ocean on the real operating profits they are now making. How can they justify taking the wrecking ball to communities all over Scotland?”