Historic sites are closing, jobs are under threat and the defence industry is lacking support - Murphy

Labour has responded to the announcement by BAE Systems of the closure of their historic Scotswood plant in Newcastle together with other job losses at other sites in Washington, Tyne & Wear and across the country, Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary said:

“The country is seeing defence industrial decline on this government’s watch.

 “Historic sites are closing, jobs are under threat and the defence industry is lacking support.

 “Ministers must do more to demonstrate they have a long-term plan to stimulate and support the UK-based defence industry.

 “Changes to the equipment programme and ongoing conflicts will impact on our industrial base, but, working with the trade unions, all efforts must now be made to redeploy the workforce and save jobs.”

Chinyelu OwurahChi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Business Minister said:

“This is very bad news for Newcastle and my thoughts are with the employees of BAE Scotswood and their families, having to deal with a bleak future.

“I want to work with everyone including the company, the city council and  government to attract manufacturing onto the Scotswood site.

“The whole region is affected by the loss of such highly skilled jobs. The BAE announcement highlights the overdue need for a more active UK procurement policy which supports and secures our future skills base in the region.