Fylde MP in talks with BAE Systems over jobs threat

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today said he would work closely with BAE Systems’ management in a bid to save jobs in Warton.

The Member of Parliament met with senior managers at the Warton site after it was announced that 286 managerial roles could be at risk from the company’s Military Air & Information (MAI) arm in Lancashire.

During that meeting he made it clear that he was available to support the company in any way he could as it attempts to mitigate against compulsory redundancies in the coming weeks and months.

Mr Menzies said: “I was extremely disappointed to hear about these potential job losses, and we must not forget that behind these numbers it is people and their families who are affected.

“I have now met with the management at BAE where I was assured that the company was doing everything in its power to mitigate against compulsory redundancies and I will support them in that in any way I can to ensure any job losses are kept to an absolute minimum.

“Since coming to Parliament I have been a big supporter of the work done at Warton and successfully lobbied the Government to allocate the site Enterprise Zone status.

“News like today’s brings into sharp focus the need for that Enterprise Zone to ensure careers are available in highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing industries in Warton for many years to come.

“The Government has been extremely supportive of BAE with Ministers and senior Government officials regularly involved in Typhoon and Hawk export negotiations around the world.

“I have regularly hosted BAE Systems apprentices in Parliament and am proud of the large number of Fylde apprentices who have gone on to achieve great things with the company. I know BAE is committed to its successful apprenticeship programme and I will continue to support that.”

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