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Birkenhead’s MP battles to safeguard jobs at Cammell Laird

22 October 2018
Commons Chamber

Birkenhead’s MP Frank Field is battling to safeguard jobs at Cammell Laird by supporting the yard’s bids for two major shipbuilding orders – one from the Ministry of Defence and the other from Merseytravel.

Frank has written to the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, presenting the case for Laird’s to win the contract to build the Royal Navy’s new Type 31e frigates – in particular, emphasising the benefits this would yield for the regional economy, national defence capabilities, and international competitiveness, as well as value for money. Having previously raised Laird’s bid in the House of Commons during June’s Defence Questions, Frank is seeking to emphasise the merits of the bid this afternoon in the latest session of Defence Questions.

He has written also to the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, and the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, seeking their backing for a new Mersey ferry to be built at Laird’s. As things stand, this process is likely to be governed by EU competition rules – any yard in Europe could be awarded the contract. Given that the UK is set to leave the EU in six months, and the Government says it is intent on revitalising our manufacturing base, Frank has asked the Business Secretary whether there are any immediate steps he can take to support Merseyside by ensuring orders are placed locally.

Frank comments: ‘In the shipbuilding industry, the sure-fire way of being able to safeguard jobs is to keep bidding for and winning major orders. Cammell Laird is a world leader in shipbuilding and I am determined to ensure it has a fighting chance of securing these two orders. The yard’s longstanding technical credibility and expertise, as well as its unique capabilities of driving innovation and upskilling the workforce, go hand in hand with its vital role in supporting small and medium sized businesses across our region.’


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