'Shock and devastation': East Yorkshire MPs react to BAE cutting 400 jobs in Brough

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Oct 2017

East Yorkshire MPs have said they are “shocked” after BAE Systems announced it was intending to cut 400 jobs in Brough.

The defence giant revealed the huge cuts as part of a 2,000 jobs redundancy programme, which will affect its sites across the UK.

It comes just five years after 381 Brough employees were made redundant by BAE in a previous stinging round of cuts.

The entrance to BAE's Brough plant

Emma Hardy, Hull West and Hessle MP, said: “The news about BAE cutting over 400 jobs at its site in Brough is devastating for the workers and their families and my thoughts are with them today.

“Although the site is not in my constituency, BAE are a big local employer and the men and women who work on the Eurofighter are highly skilled workers. The loss of these jobs is going to have an appalling impact on them, the local economy and wider supply chains.

“While it is BAE that has taken this decision, it is this Conservative government’s decisions on defence spending that have ultimately led to this situation. They must come forward urgently with a clear plan to secure these jobs at BAE.

“The major reason that has led to this job loss is the slowdown in orders for the Hawk aircraft that is made at the site at Brough, but the Government could take immediate steps to help this by ordering 9 new Hawks for the Red Arrows and bring forward a Defence Industrial strategy that supports service personnel, industry, British manufacturing and jobs all along the supply chain.”

BAE said the job losses came as it aimed for a "streamlined, sharper business", but said it is “committed” to do everything to support those affected, with the biggest cutbacks in its military air business.

It comes after BAE is facing an order gap for the Typhoon aircraft, so is slowing production ahead of an expected order from Qatar.

BAE Systems apprentices at Brough

Diana Johnson, Hull North MP, said: “I’m shocked to hear of 400 possible job losses at BAE Brough. These jobs cuts would be extremely bad for the UK defence industry, for retaining modern engineering skills and for local economies across the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

“Five years ago, we fought on a cross-party basis previous BAE Systems plans for job losses at Brough. Now we need more active support from the Government for winning key defence orders from around the World – exactly what we’re told is meant to happen with Brexit.

“The Government could also help BAE Brough by ordering the new Hawk Trainer fleet for the Red Arrows from BAE Systems. The Government have dodged this question whenever I’ve raised it in the Commons over the past few years.”

Five years ago, BAE cut just under 400 jobs at its Brough site after initially saying it would make 899 employees redundant.

Nowadays, around 900 people are thought to currently work at the East Yorkshire base.

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