1800 jobs will be cut in shipyards operated by BAE Systems across England and Wales, bringing shipbuilding in Portsmouth to an end.
Unions are to meet defence giant BAe Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.
Nick Clegg has said the Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South could be suspended from the party over "very serious" allegations of sexual assault.
Britain is extending its support to the aid operation in the Philippines following the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan. Leading UK efforts is HMS Daring from Portsmouth. Commanding Officer, Angus Essenhigh, explains to ITV Meridian what they hope to achieve.
Able Seaman Michaela Fell, from Portsmouth, who is on her first deployment with the Royal Navy, was one of the group who went to the school.
12 men and women from the Portsmouth based warship HMS Richmond stopped by to help tidy and paint the South African primary school. 1,500 school children aged up to 15 years old squeeze into the small classrooms just outside Cape Town.
A petition calling for the retention of skilled workers in the Portsmouth Naval Base following the closure of BAE Systems’ shipbuilding site has been started by Portsmouth Labour group.
It reads "I support the protection of high-skilled jobs in Portsmouth and demand that the council and its partners in government work with all parties to protect the long-term future of Portsmouth Dockyard.”
It is available online and signatures are also being gathered on the doorstep.
John Ferrett, the Leader of the Labour Group on Portsmouth City Council and the Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth North, believes the closure means vital skills will be lost at the Naval Base.
He has criticised the MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt, for her stance on the closure.
– John Ferrett, Portsmouth Labour
It is astonishing that the MP for Portsmouth North is supporting the closure of the shipbuilding facility in Portsmouth. Workers need the support of their elected representatives at a time like this.
Furthermore, Portsmouth Naval Base will be the home of the two new aircraft carriers and there will be a demand for skilled labour when they come to the city in the second half of the decade.
It seems madness to lay off nearly a thousand skilled workers when their skills will be in demand in the near future."
Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, which has been involved in creating the Southampton and Portsmouth City deal, has estimated it will deliver a number of benefits over its lifetime.
The partnership said the deal would deliver the following:
- more than 4,700 permanent new jobs particularly focused in marine, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors
- more than 13,000 construction jobs
- 107,000 sq m of new employment floor space unlocked, with a focus on supporting growth in the marine, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors
The partnership estimates the deal will also provide £115m of local and national public sector investment and bring in more than £838m of private sector investment into the area. This would be through site development, skills and unemployment schemes, and business support services.
Greg Clark, the minister for Cities says the new city deal for Portsmouth and Southampton "will maximise the economic strengths of these two coastal cities and the wider Solent area, by supporting further growth in the area’s maritime, marine and advanced manufacturing sectors."
Mr Clark said he had been in negotiations in recent months with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and other local authorities, before the deal came to fruition.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for Cities Greg Clark will sign a City Deal with local authorities and business groups today that will see thousands of new jobs created in Southampton and Portsmouth.
The deal will provide £953 million of investment into the area, creating more than 17,000 jobs. The flagship proposal will unlock two high-profile sites within Southampton and Portsmouth in order to make the most of the area’s marine and maritime assets.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, has demanded proper support after the announcement of 940 job losses at the dockyard.
Unions are due to meet bosses at BAE Systems today to fight plans to cut 940 jobs in Portsmouth.
Five centuries of shipbuilding will stop in the city from next year.
Work on the new eight hundred million pound aircraft carriers will move to Scotland - but the ships will be based in Portsmouth, with workers maintaining them.
Hundreds of people have been taking part in a rally in Portsmouth - to demonstrate against the planned closure of the city's shipyard. BAE Systems announced the move earlier this week, meaning more than nine hundred people will lose their jobs. Richard Slee reports.