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    Ant Smoking MP wrote:
    This news is awful and realy sums up successive Governments totally bankrupt attitudes to manufacturing. rather than invest in manufacturing , both new Labour and Conservatives have embraced a Neo Liberal agenda which favours the service sector instead actually making things.
    Hulla baloo lives in an alternative reality. He would do he is a typical Tory and they have a track record of shame in this area. Why is Germany, with very restrictive and in the UK's view, inflexible labour laws still keeping its successful manufacturing base? It is because successive German government value and invest in manufacturing as opposed to the UK in the last 30 years which couldnt care less!!
    You have to consider that German manufacturing has been based on high quality products- VW, Porsche, Bosch, Siemens etc. These are high end goods of which there are no UK equivalents. Had we focused on quality rather than quantity we could have competed against the likes of Korea and Japan instead of failing as we did. The problems started in the 60's by the 80's it was too late."
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Over 24,000 manufacturing jobs lost in Hampshire

Manufactoring work in Southampton

Manufactoring work in Southampton

First published in Romsey

THE recession and stalled recovery has cost 24,000 manufacturing jobs in Hampshire, a study has shown.

Manufacturing job losses in Hampshire have been running at an average of 115 a week, an analysis by the GMB union found, leaving 65,000 jobs in the sector.

The county, excluding Southampton and Portsmouth, lost 18,600 manufacturing jobs in the four years to last summer – the fourth biggest fall of all local authorities in the country, the union said.

Portsmouth lost a net 5,300 jobs, the Isle of Wight 4,300, and Southampton 100. The city now employs about 13,000 people in manufacturing.

GMB regional secretary Richard Ascough said: “Unless action is taken to support and develop manufacturing, the economic future for this nation is bleak. Only the British state has enough strength and power to halt and reverse the decline.”

He called for more support for companies to grow, and “urgent action” to deal with a skills shortage.

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