Doubts over 1,300 jobs

Vince Cable has raised doubts over the future of BAE Systems' historic shipyard at Portsmouth after the business secretary questioned the viability of a £150m project that would guarantee production at the site, and secure 1,300 jobs, beyond 2014.

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MP's worry over 1,300 dockyard jobs

A ship builder works on a section of the first of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham has highlighted his concern over the future of 1,300 jobs at Portsmouth dockyard. It comes after business secretary Vince Cable reportedly said a shipbuilding project - which would guarantee production at BAE Systems in Portsmouth beyond 2014 - was ‘not a runner’.

He said: "Vince Cable and the Tory-led Government cannot just wash their hands of the dockyard future so soon after the announced closure of Ford in Swaythling. Ministers let Ford keep them in the dark. But on this issue there is no excuse – they know what the problem is and they need to tackle it”.

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