Fylde MP Mark Menzies welcomes job security for 5,000 BAE workers

Mark Menzies Harriett Baldwin BAE Systems

Fylde MP Mark Menzies joined defence procurement minister Harriett Baldwin at BAE Systems today, following Qatar’s £5 billion deal to buy 24 Typhoon aircraft.

The deal safeguards 5,000 aerospace jobs in Fylde for the next 10 years, and thousands more in the supply chain.

Mr Menzies said: “This is a great day for Warton and BAE Systems.

“This is the culmination of years of hard work by BAE Systems and the Government and is the biggest defence deal the UK has seen for more than a decade, and will help keep the Typhoon production line’s 5,000 direct employees in work for years, as well as thousands more in the supply chain.

“I’m delighted the Defence Secretary got the deal signed and am pleased to see the Government helping on other orders around the world, with potential deals in the offing from Saudi Arabia, Finland, Belgium and other countries.

“This deal ensures the production line will be in place for years to come, and we can now help BAE build on future orders.”

Defence Procurement minister Harriett Baldwin added: “I am delighted to be in Warton to congratulate the team from BAE Systems for winning the UK’s biggest defence contract for 10 years.

“There has been a lot of discussion between BAE, Qatar and the Government about this deal for a long time – this is an early Christmas present for the workforce here, securing thousands of jobs.

“The Government is working with BAE Systems on other bids, including Saudi Arabia, Belgium and Finland, and this deal shows the positive and bright future for this aircraft which has been used effectively against Daesh.”

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