MP met business minister over Ford's plight

MP met business minister over Ford's plight

MP met business minister over Ford's plight

First published in Ford Transit Factory

MP Caroline Nokes met senior Govnernment business leaders today to press them to help Ford staff.

The Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton, whose constituency the plant is in, said the closure of the Transit van factory would be a ''bitter blow'' for Southampton.

She met Business Minister Michael Fallon today and said she will do all she can to offer support to the workers set to lose their jobs.

''Over 500 direct jobs will go and a wider number in the supply chain. It is critically important that we do everything we can to help those affected,” she said.

''The closure will have a significant impact on employment. These 500 employees have broadly similar skills and it is very important that they are given the maximum support possible.''

Mrs Nokes added: "It has confirmed our worst fears.

"Make no bones about it, this is a pretty grim day for Southampton. I will continue to raise this with ministers, and we want to know that Southampton is at the front of the queue for all the support it needs.

"Although we are part of the allegedly affluent South East, it's a region that is less affluent than other areas, and we have to make sure we get every possible support for these employees."
 

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12:37pm Thu 25 Oct 12

redsnapper says...

Total knee jerk and too late.

Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess.
Local politicians have failed spectacularly to develop Southampton with its huge geographical advantages into a major economic force in UK.

City fathers have lacked vision for decades and have not worked hard enough to get government money to invest in the city.

They just sit at their desks and fiddle the tax payer.
Total knee jerk and too late. Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess. Local politicians have failed spectacularly to develop Southampton with its huge geographical advantages into a major economic force in UK. City fathers have lacked vision for decades and have not worked hard enough to get government money to invest in the city. They just sit at their desks and fiddle the tax payer. redsnapper
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1:20pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Once again Tory Noakes is doing what she knows best, which is public relations and artificial lip service to a very serious problem.

Cause of such disasters is pro super rich policies of successive governments and greed of bankers and bosses, for which they keep on asking workers to pay the price.

Only workers who lose their jobs and their families know the misery created by economic policies, which have the blessing of out of touch, unfit for the purpose, self serving political class of the right.
Once again Tory Noakes is doing what she knows best, which is public relations and artificial lip service to a very serious problem. Cause of such disasters is pro super rich policies of successive governments and greed of bankers and bosses, for which they keep on asking workers to pay the price. Only workers who lose their jobs and their families know the misery created by economic policies, which have the blessing of out of touch, unfit for the purpose, self serving political class of the right. Paramjit Bahia
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1:44pm Thu 25 Oct 12

George4th says...

redsnapper wrote:
Total knee jerk and too late.

Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess.
Local politicians have failed spectacularly to develop Southampton with its huge geographical advantages into a major economic force in UK.

City fathers have lacked vision for decades and have not worked hard enough to get government money to invest in the city.

They just sit at their desks and fiddle the tax payer.
"Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess."
If you're referring to Fords specifically then you are wrong! Fords and GM were in deep doo da years before the global financial crisis!
Their problem was mainly down to outdated work practices and expensive worker benefits together with far greater global competition. They sorted out N America but the UK/Europe dragged its feet and now we see the consequences.....
>
With regard to investment in Southampton. It won't happen while you have Labour councils. Our history shows that the Southampton Labour councils did nothing in the past to encourage business so why expect them to change now?! They also seen by business to be joined at the hip with the Unions and Southampton's history of agitation and strikes is still well remembered!
[quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Total knee jerk and too late. Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess. Local politicians have failed spectacularly to develop Southampton with its huge geographical advantages into a major economic force in UK. City fathers have lacked vision for decades and have not worked hard enough to get government money to invest in the city. They just sit at their desks and fiddle the tax payer.[/p][/quote]"Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess." If you're referring to Fords specifically then you are wrong! Fords and GM were in deep doo da years before the global financial crisis! Their problem was mainly down to outdated work practices and expensive worker benefits together with far greater global competition. They sorted out N America but the UK/Europe dragged its feet and now we see the consequences..... > With regard to investment in Southampton. It won't happen while you have Labour councils. Our history shows that the Southampton Labour councils did nothing in the past to encourage business so why expect them to change now?! They also seen by business to be joined at the hip with the Unions and Southampton's history of agitation and strikes is still well remembered! George4th
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2:53pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Walter K says...

I wonder what she proposes to help soften the blow....
I wonder what she proposes to help soften the blow.... Walter K
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2:55pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Subject48 says...

@ Paramjit bahia

I agree with most you have written good sir, apart from the very last line where you refernced to "the right".

"right", "left" makes no difefrence.

Its all just a different jacket cut from the same cloth.

Truth is; no person will be elected for office with a communist/social/alt
ernative approach, not only to policy, but fundamentaly as to how to run a society.

Because the horrible, self centered worms that have been bred into the positions by outdated, archaic social measures will not allow it.

Until the sheep evolve enough to question the shepherd, he will carry on as he was: taking a bit off the fleece every now and then. Just hope winter comes around before there is no fleece left.

As to fords actions, they are a corporation. So the shareholder/money comes first. End of.
@ Paramjit bahia I agree with most you have written good sir, apart from the very last line where you refernced to "the right". "right", "left" makes no difefrence. Its all just a different jacket cut from the same cloth. Truth is; no person will be elected for office with a communist/social/alt ernative approach, not only to policy, but fundamentaly as to how to run a society. Because the horrible, self centered worms that have been bred into the positions by outdated, archaic social measures will not allow it. Until the sheep evolve enough to question the shepherd, he will carry on as he was: taking a bit off the fleece every now and then. Just hope winter comes around before there is no fleece left. As to fords actions, they are a corporation. So the shareholder/money comes first. End of. Subject48
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3:03pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Linesman says...

George4th wrote:
redsnapper wrote:
Total knee jerk and too late.

Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess.
Local politicians have failed spectacularly to develop Southampton with its huge geographical advantages into a major economic force in UK.

City fathers have lacked vision for decades and have not worked hard enough to get government money to invest in the city.

They just sit at their desks and fiddle the tax payer.
"Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess."
If you're referring to Fords specifically then you are wrong! Fords and GM were in deep doo da years before the global financial crisis!
Their problem was mainly down to outdated work practices and expensive worker benefits together with far greater global competition. They sorted out N America but the UK/Europe dragged its feet and now we see the consequences.....
>
With regard to investment in Southampton. It won't happen while you have Labour councils. Our history shows that the Southampton Labour councils did nothing in the past to encourage business so why expect them to change now?! They also seen by business to be joined at the hip with the Unions and Southampton's history of agitation and strikes is still well remembered!
"With regard to investment in Southampton. It won't happen while you have Labour councils."

This is not a knee-jerk action that has happened during the past couple of months since the electorate gave Royston a vote of No Confidence.

More likely that it was taken a couple of years back when an incompetent took over in No 10.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Total knee jerk and too late. Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess. Local politicians have failed spectacularly to develop Southampton with its huge geographical advantages into a major economic force in UK. City fathers have lacked vision for decades and have not worked hard enough to get government money to invest in the city. They just sit at their desks and fiddle the tax payer.[/p][/quote]"Politicians and their banker mates have created this economic mess." If you're referring to Fords specifically then you are wrong! Fords and GM were in deep doo da years before the global financial crisis! Their problem was mainly down to outdated work practices and expensive worker benefits together with far greater global competition. They sorted out N America but the UK/Europe dragged its feet and now we see the consequences..... > With regard to investment in Southampton. It won't happen while you have Labour councils. Our history shows that the Southampton Labour councils did nothing in the past to encourage business so why expect them to change now?! They also seen by business to be joined at the hip with the Unions and Southampton's history of agitation and strikes is still well remembered![/p][/quote]"With regard to investment in Southampton. It won't happen while you have Labour councils." This is not a knee-jerk action that has happened during the past couple of months since the electorate gave Royston a vote of No Confidence. More likely that it was taken a couple of years back when an incompetent took over in No 10. Linesman
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9:42pm Thu 25 Oct 12

loosehead says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Once again Tory Noakes is doing what she knows best, which is public relations and artificial lip service to a very serious problem.

Cause of such disasters is pro super rich policies of successive governments and greed of bankers and bosses, for which they keep on asking workers to pay the price.

Only workers who lose their jobs and their families know the misery created by economic policies, which have the blessing of out of touch, unfit for the purpose, self serving political class of the right.
So Paramjit when Denham knows what Blair was told about bailing out Rovers by the EU exactly what's he doing asking/demanding the government to act ?
He must know for one it's a private company & the EU would stop any government money being used wouldn't it?
Should get Vince Cable to contact Chinese or Japanese Van manufactures & make it an enterprise zone & hope they ( one of them) starts production there or please exactly what can the Government do?
I won't be buying any Ford vehicle from now on it's a Nissan,Toyota, Honda or maybe Land rover ( if I had the money)
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Once again Tory Noakes is doing what she knows best, which is public relations and artificial lip service to a very serious problem. Cause of such disasters is pro super rich policies of successive governments and greed of bankers and bosses, for which they keep on asking workers to pay the price. Only workers who lose their jobs and their families know the misery created by economic policies, which have the blessing of out of touch, unfit for the purpose, self serving political class of the right.[/p][/quote]So Paramjit when Denham knows what Blair was told about bailing out Rovers by the EU exactly what's he doing asking/demanding the government to act ? He must know for one it's a private company & the EU would stop any government money being used wouldn't it? Should get Vince Cable to contact Chinese or Japanese Van manufactures & make it an enterprise zone & hope they ( one of them) starts production there or please exactly what can the Government do? I won't be buying any Ford vehicle from now on it's a Nissan,Toyota, Honda or maybe Land rover ( if I had the money) loosehead
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9:43pm Thu 25 Oct 12

loosehead says...

There was another article on this subject but when I click on the link it comes up blank has the Echo removed it?
There was another article on this subject but when I click on the link it comes up blank has the Echo removed it? loosehead
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