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”.