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Portsmouth Minister plans to "boost growth" in the city

Michael Fallon, Portsmouth Minister, will be in the city to launch a new plan which hopes to create new jobs Credit: PA

Minister for Portsmouth Michael Fallon will be launching a new plan in the city aimed at creating jobs and boosting growth.

The plan has been put together to help the marine and maritime industry in the Solent following BAE Systems' announcement it would stop ship-building in the city.


Challenges ahead for new Minister for Portsmouth

He's been charged with dealing with the fall out from the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth and today the city's newly appointed minister Michael Fallon visited for the first time. 900 people will lose their jobs when BAE Systems moves its operations to Scotland.

So what are the challenges facing the man charged with improving the city's fortunes? Richard Jones has been finding out. Richard spoke to Dr Mike Asteris from Portsmouth Business School, Henry Braithwaite from Marketmakers and Vincent Denham from Verisona Law.

Michael Fallon to taking a trip to Portsmouth

For the first time since his appointment, the new Minister for Portsmouth will visit the city today.

Michael Fallon will meet with business leaders to try to come up with a plan to help employment in the city, following the loss of more than 900 ship building jobs at BAE Systems.

Michael Fallon will visit Portsmouth today Credit: Press Association

David Cameron announces new Minister of Portsmouth

David Cameron has appointed Michael Fallon as the Minister of Portsmouth.

The role has come about to help the city recover from the loss of Navy shipbuilding jobs.

Fallon was named minister with special responsibility to support job growth in the city.

It is thought to be the first minister that has been given responsibility for a particular city since Micael Heseltine was made minister of Liverpool in 1981.

Michael Fallon set to be Minister of Potsmouth

Michael Fallon is set to be named as Minister of Portsmouth.

It follows the loss of Royal Navy shipbuilding in the city, to try and help it recover from this.

Michael Fallon is a former conservative deputy chairman and is currently in a ministerial post in the Departments for Business and Energy.

This new role has been welcomed by politicians in Portsmouth, who said the port city needed support following the decision to move Navy shipbuilding to Scotland, with 1000 jobs going at BAE Systems' shipyard.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson said, "I am glad this it seems ministers are listening and we are going to have someone like Michael to help cope with the loss of ship-building.

"The loss of ship-building is a real blow for Portsmouth so it is about to trying to replace those an find additional work for them."

Michael Fallon due to be appointed as Minister of Portsmouth Credit: Press Association