The council boss who fought to safeguard the industrial future of the former Michelin plant in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, has offered to visit Dundee to share her town’s experiences and help Dundee get through their own Michelin closure announcement shock in any way she can.
It was a big year for politics. First, in May, came the Scottish Parliament elections, only the fifth since devolution in 1999 – and the first time 16 and 17-year-olds could vote. It was also the first time three major parties were led by women.
In the first of a three part series looking at child poverty in Tayside and Fife, Michael Alexander speaks to several Dundee families who are struggling to make ends meet and finds out what efforts are being made to break the cycle of deprivation.