Mark hosts UK defence reception with industry leaders

(February 28, 2014)

Mark is hosting a reception to discuss the future of the aerospace industry in the House of Commons on Tuesday 4th March 2014.

The event is being jointly organised with Bob Keen, Head of Government Relations at BAE Systems.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry sector representatives, contribute their views on the future of the aerospace industry and participate in a question and answer session with guest speakers. These include Vernon Coaker MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and James Arbuthnot MP, the Chair of the Defence Select Committee. 

The event has been organised following the success of a roundtable event in December attended by representatives from Unite the Union, BAE Systems, the North West Aerospace Alliance, and MPs and Lords, to discuss issues affecting the aerospace industry and provide insight into the crucial importance of aerospace programmes to UK manufacturing.

Mark’s Preston constituency falls between the Samlesbury and Warton sites of BAE, which employ a large number of his constituents.

Mark said: ‘I am very pleased to be hosting this event in partnership with BAE, with whom I have a long standing relationship. There are many key issues facing the industry at the moment.  There is a need for greater infrastructure, particularly in the North West, so that we can compete globally.

I want to particularly highlight the importance of skills and training to the industry and the role that technology and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or ‘drones’ will play in the future. It’s important that the government recognise the need for consistency and clarity when it comes to the aerospace industry and long term defence projects.  This event will bring together key stakeholders and shape the future strategy of the defence industry.’

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