BAE job losses at Warton and Samlesbury to be debated in Parliament

Posted on - 24th October, 2011 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston News
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Changes in the Eurofighter Typhoon project are partly blamed for the job losses at BAE Systems

The loss of 3,000 jobs at BAE Systems is set to be discussed in the House of Commons this week.


The company is one of the city’s biggest employers and 1,387 jobs are due to go at the Warton and Samlesbury sites in what will be blow to the local economy.

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Preston MP Mark Hendrick has called for MPs to debate the job losses.

He said: “The decision to axe jobs at the Warton and Samlesbury sites is a devastating blow. It will have a major impact, not least on the workers and their families, but also for the wider community and economy.

“The massive cuts the Conservative government are making to the defence industry are going too far and too fast.


“Earlier this month I asked the Leader of the House of Commons for an opportunity to debate the impact that the job losses will have. The Conservative government refused. It is clear that they do not understand the impact that their decisions are having on people’s lives.”

BAE Systems chief executive Ian King said last month the job losses were a result of changes to its Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II projects.

The debate is expected to take place around 5pm on Thursday 27th October – we’ll be liveblogging it so check back to the site soon for more information.

What do you think about the job losses? Do you work for BAE? Let us know in the comments below

Image credit to Paula Funnell

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