John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, and Rowenna Davis, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, have spoken out following today’s devastating news about shipbuilding job losses in Portsmouth dockyard.
Mr Denham, speaking in the House of Commons, said:
“Labour secured ship building on the south coast with shares of the destroyer and carrier programmes.
“Government statement today made it clear that no efforts have been made to win new work for Portsmouth in the past three years and that they have agreed to transfer work from Portsmouth to other shipyards.
“Many on the south coast feel they have been sold down the river by a government whose interest and attention has been elsewhere.”
Rowenna Davis, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, said:
“The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth is a great loss for the 1200 workers there, and for our country as a whole. Our thoughts are with employees and their families as this great 500 year tradition and all their hard work comes to an end.
“Labour worked hard to secure shipbuilding in the south of England, whilst this government has done nothing, following the same sad path as Ford earlier this year. Now our Royal Navy may be forced to commission work abroad or from a potentially independent Scotland.
“We should be protecting and supporting our skilled jobs, not letting them slip away.”