Mark holds talks with Prime Minister on BAE/India deal

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies is set for key talks with the Prime Minister on Monday to ensure the Government is doing everything it can over a crucial BAE export deal to India.

Mr Menzies, and a number of colleagues, will be at Downing Street to stress the importance of the deal and Government trade support.

It follows announcements in India that the French jet, the Dassault Rafale had secured “preferred bidder” status with the Indian Government in the first round of bidding.

Mr Menzies, however, insists the Warton-built Typhoon is the best aircraft in its category and says the fight for the deal is far from over.

Mark Menzies MP said: “I am delighted the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with me and and my colleagues to discuss this important deal.

“As I have said on a number of occasions I feel there is still a great deal that can be done to push forward the case for the Typhoon.

“Military experts tell me the Typhoon is by far the best aircraft in its class thanks to the tremendous work of BAE employees in my constituency.

“I have, in the last couple of weeks, been talking to senior figures at BAE, in the Government and in the industry to press the case.

“It is clear the Prime Minister, who has visited India personally, is as keen as I am to help to secure a deal and we will discuss this in greater detail on Monday.”

Ben Wallace, Nigel Evans, Lorraine Fullbrook and Pritti Patel are also expected to attend the meeting.

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