BAE job plea to No.10

BAE Systems' base at Warton, near Preston, where 668 job cuts were announced in December
BAE Systems' base at Warton, near Preston, where 668 job cuts were announced in December

THE fight to save – and create – employment following the shock announcement of more than 800 jobs losses at BAE Warton, is being taken to the Prime Minister.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has requested a meeting with David Cameron, where he intends to bring up three key points.

He said: “One is the support for the village in terms of a ‘Growth Zone’ with top-of-the-range jobs.

“The second is to continue the level of Typhoon export sales and the third is commitment from the Government for the unmanned vehicle programme at Warton.”

Mr Menzies has already had talks with Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk and Secretary of State Eric Pickles and has asked the Government to consider a quality jobs Growth Zone based at Warton.

He is now pushing for a meeting with BAE bosses, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council.

“I have got all sorts of meetings planned with ministers and officials and I’m calling for a Growth Zone to be brought into Warton which I hope will bring high skilled, high-tech jobs into the area.” he said.

Full story in this week’s Express.