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'A day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop' says MP

On the day that Goodyear Dunlop brings tyre manufacturing to an end in Birmingham, Jack Dromey, the MP for Erdington, has said it is 'a day of shame' for the company.

Today is a day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop. They could have moved three miles to Aston. But a decision was made 3,500 miles away in Ohio to end 125 years of manufacturing in Birmingham. Their message to a highly-skilled and long-serving workforce is 'thanks for your past loyalty, here's your redundancy notice'.

He also had a message to the workforce, saying they 'deserved better', and that he would work to get them a new job.

You can be proud of who you are, decent men and women, Birmingham's best. I share your sense of betrayal. Three generations of one family alone in Erdington had served 102 years in the factory. You deserved better.

Now the task is to ensure not one Dunlop worker ends up on the dole. I will continue to work with good employers like Jaguar Land Rover and the Dunlop Aircraft Tyres factory to get you into a job as quickly as possible.

Birmingham Dunlop Motorsport factory to close today

The closure of the plant was announced in February Credit: PA

125 years of tyre-making will end at the Dunlop Motorsport factory in Birmingham today.

The closure of the plant was announced in February, with 241 people made redundant.

Despite calls from MPs to keep production in the city, production is being moved 3,500 miles away to Ohio in America.

Dunlop Motorsport: 'Our focus is on supporting employees'

Dunlop Motorsport says its focus is now on supporting employees following renewed calls for the company to stay in Birmingham.

We appreciate the support and offers made by Birmingham City Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the personal interest the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for BIS have taken in our situation following our site being sold. Over the past several months we have worked with the Council and local agencies to identify and evaluate any local site alternatives.

However our challenge has always been one of timescale and being in a position to maintain continuity of supply to our key customers. Unfortunately no other appropriate site was available locally where a factory could be established in the timescale to allow us to maintain supply to our key customers. Within our timeline, the only option was to propose to transfer production to facilities that already have the necessary infrastructure.

Our focus now is on supporting those affected employees and we continue to work with our Unions and employees throughout the consultation process.

Through the some 700 associates Goodyear Dunlop employs across its TyreFort headquarters and Wolverhampton manufacturing facility, the company remains committed to Birmingham and the West Midlands.

– James Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director, Dunlop Motorsport

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Government pledges support to keep Goodyear Dunlop in Birmingham

The Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock, has pledged government support for the campaign to keep Dunlop Motorsport in Birmingham.

It was announced earlier this month that the company is moving work away from the West Midlands with the loss of 241 jobs.

Watch: Jack Dromey MP renews call to keep Goodyear Dunlop in Birmingham

Read: Dunlop Motorsport closes Birmingham tyre plant

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Jack Dromey MP renews call to keep Goodyear Dunlop in Birmingham

Jack Dromey, Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington, has repeated his call for Goodyear Dunlop to maintain its motorsport manufacturing business in Birmingham.

He raised his concerns in parliament following the announcement earlier this month that the company is pulling out with the loss of 241 jobs.

Read: Dunlop Motorsport closes Birmingham tyre plant

GMB to seek 'urgent' meeting with Dunlop tyres

The Dunlop factory in Hanau, Germany Credit: PA

GMB have announced they want to meet with Goodyear Dunlop tyres to discuss their decision to relocate after being asked 18 months ago to consider relocation to a different site in Birmingham.

GMB Regional Officer, Dominic Hicks, said:

"Despite their promises that relocating in Birmingham was an option it is clear that the company have been disingenuous with us and more importantly its loyal workforce."

"We will now seek an urgent meeting with the company to discuss this announcement in more detail. We will make sure the company meets all its legal obligations on the decision to shut the Erdington site."

GMB 'devastated' by Dunlop's decision to relocate

GMB have said they are 'devastated' with the decision by Dunlop tyres to relocate the manufacturing of motor sport tyres abroad.

GMB, Britain's General Union Credit: PA

In a statement, GMB have responded to the announcement and feel the company have been 'disingenuous' after several meetings took place discussing possible relocation to another site in Birmingham.

Dominic Hicks, GMB Regional officer, said:

"GMB is devastated at the announcement made by Goodyear to move their Motor Sport business to France and Germany with the loss 240 skilled jobs to the Birmingham economy."

"Only a couple of days ago the company met with local MP Jack Dromey and Vince Cable and agreed to consider in detail alternative sites in Birmingham and in particular Aston. I am at a loss to understand how those options could have been explored in detail over such a short period of time."

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