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MP demands Government answers over Ford closure
12:03pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
He said city workers had been “let down” by the company and demanded answered from Government ministers on what efforts were made to keep Transit manufacturing in Southampton.
Mr Denham, the MP for Southampton Itchen, said: “For years the Southampton built transit has been the workhorse of British business. White van man drives a transit. Now white van man will only be able to buy a transit from Turkey.
“The local workforce have been let down by Ford. While other companies like BMW, Nissan, Toyota and JLR have been building up vehicle assembly in Britain, Fords have taken a series of strategic decisions to move their assembly out of Britain and even out of Europe.”
Mr Denham said he would be asking Ministers how many meetings they had had with Fords to discuss this decision and what efforts they had made to persuade the company to change their minds.
He also called on the Government and the City and County Councils to set a Taskforce to help those who would lose their jobs at Fords and the many other businesses who will be affected.