Fylde MP urges Prime Minister to continue support

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has urged the Prime Minister to continue to support Typhoon exports to secure the future of BAE Systems’ Warton site.

Mr Menzies used Prime Minister’s Question Time to thank David Cameron for the work he had previously done but ask for further efforts to increase aircraft sales.

The Member of Parliament also took the opportunity to promote the good work by the company’s Fylde-based apprentices – who the Prime Minister had previously met during a visit to the site.

Mr Menzies said in the House of Commons: “May I ask (the Prime Minister) for his assurance that his Government will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of Typhoon exports to support apprenticeships and highly-skilled jobs in Warton in my constituency, as part of this Government’s long-term economic plan?”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It was a huge pleasure to visit Warton with my hon. Friend and see the quality of the apprenticeships that BAE Systems is offering in building the Typhoon aircraft, an absolutely superb aircraft.

“I can give him my assurance that I will go on banging the drum for British exports, including defence exports. We had very good progress with the order from Oman, which will secure and safeguard jobs in his constituency.

“I was criticised by the Labour Party for taking defence contractors on trade missions overseas; that party does not think it is appropriate, but I think it is. I think we should be standing up for our defence industry and defence jobs.”

The question came after Mr Menzies recently visited BAE Warton to meet top young talent ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

He spoke to a number of young people from across the North West who work at the Warton site in a range of different roles.

Last week it was revealed that BAE’s Military Air and Information (MAI) business has recently received 2,153 applications for 94 apprentice positions at its sites in Warton and Samlesbury, starting in September.

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