Fylde MP welcomes Chancellor to BAE Warton

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REBUILDING Britain was the theme when Mark Menzies MP welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer to BAE Systems in Warton.

Less than 24 hours after his historic budget, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP paid a visit to the defence company’s Fylde base and was given the opportunity to construct a section of a Typhoon fighter jet during a tour of the assembly line.

And Mr Menzies said it was testament to the work done at BAE Systems that the Chancellor had wanted to visit Fylde to highlight an area where the fruits of his budget would be seen through further apprenticeship and job creation.

He added: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Chancellor to Warton and show him the excellent work done by staff at BAE Systems.

“And it was great that the visit came as the company announced a commitment to significantly grow the number of UK apprentices in training to 2,000 by 2018.

“BAE Systems understands the value of investing in its workforce, which was also recognised during the Prime Minister’s visit to meet apprentices at the site in March.

“And with the Chancellor committing two per cent of national income to defence spending, which will help protect thousands of jobs at BAE Systems in Warton, it was the perfect opportunity to come and see the assembly line.

“This week’s budget was aimed at moving Britain from a high-welfare, high-tax, low-wage society to a lower welfare, lower-tax and higher-wage one.

“The biggest news was probably the increase of the living wage from the current £6.50 an hour to £9 by 2020, giving an estimated 2.5 million people an average £5,000 pay rise over five years.

“Low earners will be helped even more by the personal allowance, at which people start paying tax, rising to £11,000 next year.

“I am sure parents will be pleased to see we have carried out our manifesto commitment to double the amount of free childcare they are entitled to, while older people who wish to leave something for their families will see the inheritance tax threshold on family homes increased to £1m from 2017.”

During his visit the Chancellor spoke to local apprentices about their work and praised Mr Menzies’ support for Fylde residents and businesses in Parliament.

He was taken on a tour of the Typhoon production line where he was given an insight into how the Fylde-built aircraft are constructed.


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP and BAE Systems staff show the Rt Hon George Osborne the Typhoon assembly line at Warton

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