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MP’s statement over 400 Brough job losses

Beverley MP Graham Stuart has written to defence contractors BAE Systems following their announcement that 400 jobs are due be axed from their production plant in Brough. The MP is seeking assurances that BAE will support workers whose positions may become redundant, as the business looks to re-structure in order to prioritise its global competitiveness.

Today’s confirmation of job cuts will see production of the Hawk aircraft at Brough severely curtailed, despite a recent Statement of Intent from Qatar for the purchase of six Hawk aircraft and despite plans from BAE to continue seeking further orders over the next twelve months.

The MP had previously opposed the aborted 2011 announcement by BAE that they planned to close the Brough plant for good after almost 100 years of production. He said: “I am concerned with today’s announcement, which threatens up to 400 skilled workers at BAE’s Brough site with redundancy over next two years.

“It is vitally important that BAE accepts their responsibilities towards their employees, and I have written to them to ensure that they are giving workers the information and support they need.

“Compulsory redundancies are never welcome, and I will be pushing BAE to provide their employees, many of whom live in my constituency, with adequate options and fair mitigation after this regrettable decision.”