MP Roger Gale has reacted angrily to the failure of Manston's owner to accept the latest bid for the airport.
Mr Gale said that Ann Gloag turned down the improved offer from aviation investors Riveroak on the basis that it was submitted too late, and that she claimed, many staff had already found jobs.
Mr Gale said "It is not correct that most of the staff at Manston have other jobs. There is no legal reason why they should not carry on working and most of them want to go on working there."
"We have a buyer who is reputable, let's have a deal done".
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A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.
Rain turning more patchy this afternoon but more persistent along the coast. Feeling cold in the brisk north-easterly wind.