Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has said the plight of local Thomas Cook staff is foremost in his mind after news that the travel firm has ceased trading.

Mr Matheson said: “The collapse of Thomas Cook has obviously caused a major inconvenience for the thousands of holidaymakers left stranded abroad or who have had their upcoming travel plans thrown into disarray, and I fully understand the distress this may cause.

“Fortunately, many of these travellers will be covered by the ATOL scheme and I urge any constituents who have been affected to get the most up-to-date information and advice from the dedicated website and helplines that have been set up by the Civil Aviation Authority.

“In the longer term, my biggest concern is for the thousands of Thomas Cook employees and their families who will have been left devastated by this news – and especially those who worked at the Thomas Cook store in Falkirk and any of the outsourced staff at the call centre in Larbert who may be affected.”

People with Thomas Cook bookings should visit thomascook.caa.co.uk or call 0300 303 2800 or +44 1753 330 330 if they are abroad.