Lancashire MPs Meet Cameron over BAE(March 20, 2012)
Mark joined Graham Jones MP (Hyndburn) and Lindsey Hoyle MP (Chorley) to meet the Prime Minister to discuss how the Government can intervene to support jobs at BAE Systems in Lancashire.
The meeting came in light of a series of worrying decisions that have been made over recent months regarding orders for the Typhoon aircraft. In January Japan decided to purchase US aircraft and last month the Indian government chose French firm Dassault as its preferred bidder to replace its fighter attack fleet.
Earlier this month Mr Cameron met with Conservative MPs regarding BAE yet excluded Labour Lancashire MPs from the meeting.
Mark said “We will keep the Prime Minister to his pledges to support Lancashire – with bids for Oman, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia on the horizon we will be holding the Prime Minister to his word on behalf of the workforce and the people of Lancashire.”
Lindsay Hoyle added “I was pleased to see that the Prime Minster accepted the acute concern of employees in Lancashire. BAE Systems is vital to our region and he does recognise that Lancashire Labour MP’s are vital to giving support to the defence export market.”
Graham Jones MP concluded;“The key message is that Mr Cameron has accepted that we should have been at the meeting - in order to ensure the thousands of employees across Lancashire had their views heard.”
“The Prime Minister reassured us of his commitment to BAE employees but did accept that it is unlikely that the company will regain the ‘Preferred Bidder Status’ for India.”