Fylde MP calls for Government support for BAE workers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies with Secretary of State for Defence Harriett Baldwin at BAE Systems on a previous visit to the site

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pledged the Government will do all it can to help BAE workers after it became clear the firm is set to announce job losses in the next few days.

The losses are related to the slowdown in orders for the Eurofighter Typhoon, which has its final assembly plant at Warton in Fylde.

Mr Menzies said: “I know this will be a deeply unsettling time for the workers at BAE and I am hoping the company is working to the same model as last time, when hundreds of redundancies were announced and in reality, very few people left the business as they were deployed on other projects.

“They will be looking at what other opportunities there are for these workers, such as on BAE’s nuclear submarine and shipbuilding programmes.

“We also need to bear in mind that there are potentially lucrative contracts on the way from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others, which could help sustain these jobs.

“It is vital that the Typhoon production line be slowed down to prevent it from having to stop and be restarted in the future.

“I know everyone in Government will do all they can, from the Prime Minister down, to ensure these job losses are minimised, and further export orders are secured.

“I have already spoken to ministers about the matter and am speaking in a debate in Parliament today.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “I know this will be a deeply unsettling time for the workers at BAE and I am hoping the company is working to the same model as last time, when hundreds of redundancies were announced and in reality, very few people left the business as they were deployed on other projects.

“They will be looking at what other opportunities there are for these workers, such as on BAE’s nuclear submarine and shipbuilding programmes.

“We also need to bear in mind that there are potentially lucrative contracts on the way from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others, which could help sustain these jobs.

“It is vital that the Typhoon production line be slowed down to prevent it from having to stop and be restarted in the future.

“I know everyone in Government will do all they can, from the Prime Minister down, to ensure these job losses are minimised, and further export orders are secured.

“I have already spoken to ministers about the matter and am speaking in about the matter in Parliament tomorrow.”

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