MP’s pledge on plane job losses

Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace

GARSTANG’S MP Ben Wallace has vowed to do everything possible to support BAE and its workers after large scale job losses were announced this week.

Mr Wallace said: “My thoughts tonight will be with the many workers in Lancashire who will be worried about their future.

“Many of the job losses are linked to the partner nations in Typhoon slowing down production while the Joint Strike Fighter programme has slowed in the US.

“There are tremendous opportunities for export of the Typhoon but unfortunately the buyers are not yet ready.

“BAE has to, therefore make a decision - end production or slow it down to retain capability. Correctly they have chosen to do the later.

“I have asked BAE to do all they can to find new jobs within the group such as in the submarine and aircraft carrier business. They have assured me they are optimistic. “.

Mr Wallace MP added: “I will be meeting with government ministers as soon as possible to discuss government support for not only BAE but also for the aerospace industry as a whole.

“Aerospace is what Britain does extremely well and it is vital that we re-double our efforts to support exports.”