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MPs react to BAE job losses

MPs in East Yorkshire have said they are 'shocked and devastated' over news that BAE Systems in Brough are to axe 400 jobs.

900 people work at the site, the vast majority on the production of the Hawk jets. The jobs will be phased out over a two year period starting next year..

400 jobs to go at the plant in Brough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The redundancies are part of a steamlining exercise across the business. Around 2000 jobs will go throughout the UK with support and service roles also affected at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson said the announcement was 'extremely bad' for the UK defence industry.

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.”

– Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson
2000 jobs are to go across the UK Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Emma Hardy MP for West and Hessle said the decision to make 400 people redundant was 'devastating for workers and their families' and that her thoughts were with them today.

She has made calls for the Government to act by ordering more Hawk Jets for the Red Arrows to help protect jobs at the Brough site.