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Thousands of jobs may be secured at BAE Systems' Warton plant in Lancashire after the Government of Qatar signalled its intention to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets.

Assembly of the Typhoon accounts for about 4,000 jobs at BAe and roughly 10,000 in the UK overall.

If the deal is signed, it'll be the firm's fourth major contract in the Middle East.

Jobs lost as Oldham Evening Chronicle goes into administration

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Hirst, Kidd and Rennie Limited, the company that publishes the Oldham Evening Chronicle, has gone into administration.

The weekday daily newspaper will now cease publication and the majority of its 49 staff will be made redundant.

The paper was established in 1854 and has four companion monthly free titles: the Oldham Extra, Saddleworth Extra, Tameside Extra and the Dale Times, and three quarterly A4 magazines: Oldham Business Edge, The Knowledge and Primary Knowledge.

Paul Flint and Jonathan Marston of KPMG have been announced as joint administrators.

Paul Flint said:

"The company was faced with an increasing deficit in its defined benefits pension scheme in addition to the challenging trading conditions arising from the changing nature of the local media landscape.

“Unfortunately despite a rigorous sales process, a buyer for this long standing paper has not been found and it’s not commercially viable to continue operating.

“We will work to ensure all employees receive the maximum levels of practical and financial support through the redundancy process. We are also seeking buyers for the assets of the business, including the newspaper title to try and ensure its heritage will be preserved and continued.”

– Paul Flint, joint partner of KPMG.

The company was faced with an increasing deficit in its defined benefits pension scheme in addition to the challenging trading conditions arising from the changing nature of the local media landscape.

“Unfortunately despite a rigorous sales process, a buyer for this long standing paper has not been found and it’s not commercially viable to continue operating.

“We will work to ensure all employees receive the maximum levels of practical and financial support through the redundancy process. We are also seeking buyers for the assets of the business, including the newspaper title to try and ensure its heritage will be preserved and continued.”

– Paul Flint.

The company also operated a promotions facility – Reader Holidays - in conjunction with a number of partners in the travel sector.

Paul Flint added:

“All customer deposits paid for Reader Holidays* will be refunded in due course.”

– Paul Flint.

Local MP Jim McMahon said the news was 'devastating' for the town of Oldham and journalism.

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Blackpool Council hit by job losses

It's expected 250 permanent jobs and 100 contract positions will be lost in each of the next two financial years.

This year each and every service is expected to make a saving, some greater than others but they will all start the next financial year with less staff or money to do their job.

We have looked over every single penny we spend and prioritised accordingly.

For the last four years all we have had is brutal cut after brutal cut.

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– Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council
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