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By Calum McKenzie and Heather Burman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J27 for A608 Hucknall.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Our live coverage across the day

    Live coverage of today's announcement from Rolls-Royce has now ended.

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

  5. Rolls-Royce cuts 'really sad day'

    Heather Burman

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    Chris Hobson, from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, said the announcement of 4,600 job cuts at Rolls-Royce was a "really sad day" for all those workers whose jobs were under threat.

    "I think on the more slightly shorter to medium-term positive side, there's a lot of jobs being created in Derby, Derbyshire and the wider area that hopefully these people will be well qualified to move into.

    "So, while the initial shock is obviously there, hopefully it isn't something that's going to see people out of work for a long period of time."

    Rolls-Royce sign
  6. Council to support people affected by job cuts

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    The leader of Derbyshire County Council, Barry Lewis, has said he is concerned about the plans for job losses at Rolls-Royce.

    "It’s a worrying time for people in Derby and Derbyshire who work at Rolls-Royce," he said.

    "The company, which employs around 14,000 people at its Derby site, announced today that it is to shed 4,600 jobs in the UK.

    "It’s not yet clear how many staff at the Derby site will be affected but the county council will be working closely with Rolls-Royce and its partner agencies to do all we can to support staff facing redundancy."

  7. Recap: Rolls-Royce announces 4,600 job losses

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Here's a recap of what has happened today:

    Rolls Royce employee and an engine
    • Rolls-Royce has said it will cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years as part of a major restructuring programme.
    • Middle managers and back-office staff are to bear the brunt of the cuts, which are expected to hit its Derby base hard.
    • About a third of the job cuts are expected to happen by the end of this year.
    • It is expected to continue throughout 2019, with full implementation by mid-2020.
    • Rolls-Royce said that the restructuring would cost £500m to carry out, including redundancies, but would save it £400m a year by the end of 2020.
  8. Council boss: 'Highly skilled' staff will find work

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    The leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter, has said the authority will be doing all it can to help people affected by the Rolls-Royce job cuts back into work.

    Chris Poulter

    "It is a worry, but these are very skilled employees," he told BBC Radio Derby.

    "There are opportunities across Derby... one of our focuses will be to encourage and find ways of redeploying these people locally for the benefit of our own local economy."

  9. Job loss announcement 'a bombshell for Derby'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    News of 4,600 job losses at Rolls-Royce "landed like a bombshell" in Derby, according to an editorial in The Telegraph.

    Workers at Rolls-Royce in Derby

    Alan Tovey, the newspaper's industry editor, describes the city as a "company town" with the manufacturer the dominant employer.

  10. Your comments: Job losses at Rolls-Royce


    The news of job losses has provoked plenty of strong responses from people on the BBC East Midlands Facebook page.

    Adey Shaw writes: "When you’ve got contractors in doing the same job as the employees yet getting 3 or 4 times as much money it’s inevitable."

    Tom Meakin adds: "So £4.9bn of profit last year and they’re cutting jobs! As usual it’s the folks at the bottom who suffer whilst greedy shareholders get richer."

    Edwin Kornak says: "There were quite high salaries on each level compare to other factories in that area."

  11. MP: Rolls-Royce 'isn't failing' despite job losses

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    Heather Wheeler, South Derbyshire MP, has been giving an explanation as to why she thinks Rolls-Royce has decided to cut thousands of jobs.

    Rolls-Royce sign

    She said: "It is important to be clear that these are not job losses in the traditional sense.

    "They are not a result of a failing business but are part of a fundamental restructuring of how Rolls-Royce is run as a world-leading business."

  12. Job losses 'dreadful blow for East Midlands'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A Labour MEP has said there needs to be "urgent action to protect staff" following the Rolls-Royce job cuts announcement.

    Rolls-Royce logo

    Rory Palmer, who represents the East Midlands, said he was "very concerned" that the manufacturer had made the decision.

    He added: "This announcement is a dreadful blow to staff, their families and our region's economy.

    "Rolls-Royce needs to set out how it plans to provide support to those affected. We need urgent action to protect staff."

  13. Rolls-Royce: 'New technology making back offices smaller'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Hundreds of people have been having their say about the Rolls-Royce job cuts on the BBC News website.

    Simon Richards wrote: "This is sad for the people involved but this is normal business. Back office of all successful companies will get smaller with new technology. This change is preparing for a healthy future."

    Bos10 wrote: "The usual management approach in this country, can people first to save money.

    "It's time for companies to pick up the social costs of laying people off rather than the ever decreasing pool of taxpayers."

    Rolls-Royce sign
  14. Rolls-Royce share price still rising after jobs news

    BBC Business News

    Investors have continued to welcome the jobs announcement made by Rolls-Royce this morning.

    By mid-afternoon, the firm's share price had soared by 3.9%.

    Former Rolls-Royce building
  15. Rolls-Royce to work with councils to redeploy staff

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

    We don't know what form it will take yet, but Rolls-Royce, the government and the city and county councils are working on a group/board/taskforce to help redeploy staff losing their jobs at the company.

  16. Expert: Why major job cuts at Rolls-Royce are necessary

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Aerospace expert Howard Wheeldon has been telling the Derby Telegraph why he believes Rolls-Royce has made the right decision in cutting thousands of jobs.

    He said the company needed to stay competitive against its rivals by making itself leaner, simpler and more agile.

    Rolls-Royce factory
  17. Rolls-Royce cuts: 'All that effort only to be made redundant'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Derby College student Charley Johnson, from Castle Donington, said today's job news could put young people off gearing their education towards a career at Rolls-Royce.

    She said: "It's turning into an unreliable employer. I wouldn't want to put in all that effort only to be made redundant."

    Charley Johnson