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Mark demands government action over BAE job losses

(October 10, 2017)

Mark was granted an Urgent Question in the House of Commons earlier today to discuss the jobs losses announced by BAE Systems this week.

He asked the Minister ‘if she will make a statement of the likelihood of over 1000 jobs being lost across the north of England at BAE Systems’.

Minister Claire Perry MP. Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) responded on the government’s position by stating they will provide an update, explain the rationale and explain what the government is doing to support this sector and BAE Systems.

Mr Hendrick made further demands to the Minister.  He continued:

‘Today’s announcement is a huge blow to thousands of workers and their families across Lancashire in the run up to Christmas.  The majority of Lancashire MPs have today written to the Prime Minister seeking immediate action and offering to establish a taskforce to avert this disaster. Can we ask the Minister for a swift, meaningful and positive response?

‘What intermediate and longer term action is being taken by the government to win contracts around the globe, to fly the flag and to sell the Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk as this is essential to sustaining UK’s leading edge technology and sovereign capability as well as highly skilled jobs and a massive supply chain in the North West.

In order to maintain a leading edge, we must look to the future BAE has developed a £12m skills academy in Lancashire.  Will the government play its role and announce an industrial strategy for aerospace and commit itself to assisting BAE in developing a 6th Generation manned fighter aircraft.’

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