Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, calls on the government to keep a £1 billion Royal Navy contract in Britain – but the Tories are refusing to back Labour’s plans.
On Wednesday a Labour Opposition Day motion in the House of Commons will demand that new Royal Navy supply ships valued at around £1 billion be built in UK shipyards. But the Conservatives have vowed to push on with offering this enormous contract for building Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet Solid Support ships to international bidders.
Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“The Tories have the chance on Wednesday to support Labour’s plan for creating skilled and secure jobs in this country. But they look set to put party politics before the UK’s interests. There’s no good reason not to place this important order here. It’s normal in other countries to use government contracts to support industry and to defend jobs and apprenticeships.
“The Ministry of Defence could use the freedom it has under EU law to make sure this Royal Navy contract goes to a UK shipyard.
“That would create or secure up to 6,500 jobs around the UK, including 1,805 shipyard jobs, which are highly skilled and 45 per cent better paid than the average for all jobs.
“On Wednesday the Tories have an opportunity to support jobs in shipyards up and down the country. I urge them to join Labour in voting to Build It In Britain.”