Future of MOD Longtown

Defence Minister Philip Dunne has been meeting councillors at the Longtown MOD site to discuss the future of the site. It was previously announced that the site would remain open, but that a number of jobs would be lost.

Full Report: Defence Minister visits MOD Longtown

Defence Minister Philip Dunne has been to the MOD site at Longtown in Cumbria, to hear more about the plans for the site.

It was announced last month that the site would not be closing, after years of uncertainty - although more than 50 jobs will go.

Today, Mr Dunne spoke to Unions and the Council about their concerns over job losses, and how they're working together, to turn the site into a dual military and industry hub.

Hannah McNulty reports:

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Unions pleased by MOD Longtown decision

Councillors have been meeting with Defence Minister Philip Dunne at the Longtown MOD site to discuss its future.

Despite 53 jobs at the site going, union members say they are pleased by the decision.

"We are obviously pleased that the decision has been made and that Min (DEST) has recognised the importance of the Longtown site in fulfilling Defence Munitions commitment to the front line. However, we are deeply saddened by the loss of 53 jobs. Over the next few months we will begin to hold a series of meetings with the official side aimed at reducing the amount of job losses. We will also work closely with the MOD outplacement scheme and local agencies to find alternative work and re-skill staff who will be identified as surplus."

– Joint Trade unions

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Cumbria Council seeking investors for Longtown base

Cumbria County Council is looking into ways to bring potential investors into Longtown.

They are considering developing land that remains unused from the downsizing of the MOD

depot.

The Longtown base had been threatened with closure as part of the Government's cost cutting measures.

The base was recently given a reprieve, but 50 jobs out of a workforce of 300 were lost.

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