Mark calls for reassurances for Woodford

February 3, 2006 10:22 AM
Mark head and shoulders

Mark is supporting Woodford

Liberal Democrat leadership contender Simon Hughes MP, along with local MP Mark Hunter visited BAe Systems in Woodford last Friday to see at first hand the progress on the Nimrod project.

Mr Hughes, who was born in Bramhall, visited Woodford en route to the official launch of his leadership campaign in Manchester.

Currently BAe are awaiting a decision from the Ministry of Defence regarding the future of the project. Mark Hunter has expressed concern about the delay in the announcement, initially expected before Christmas, and has submitted questions to the Minister in Parliament seeking re-assurances.

Commenting after a meeting with management and a tour of the site Mark Hunter commented: "I am in regular contact with both senior management and trade union representation at Woodford, and I know both are united in their desire to get on with the next stage of this major project. 800 people are employed at Woodford, and their futures rest on this decision. Without the Nimrod project, the future for Woodford would be bleak. That is why I am doing all I can to encourage the Defence Minister to come to a favourable decision as quickly as possible."

"Simon and I were very impressed by what we saw of the work to date, and the determination of all involved to see the project through. It's time for an end to uncertainty, not only for the sake of the people whose jobs depend on it, but also because this project is essential for effective defence of the realm."

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