The recent announcement by Bae Systems that it intends to close, from next year, the historic Scotswood plant on Tyneside has come under attack in the Commons.
The Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, who's constituency includes Scotswood, said the 165 year old plant was the longest serving tank manufacturing plant in the whole world.
The Defence Minister Peter Luff praised the contribution of the Tyneside workforce to the armed forces through the years but questioned why Bae Systems had put into such an uncompetitive bid for future tank production.
Over 300 jobs could be lost after defence firm BAE Systems announced plans to close its factory in Newcastle.
Defence company BAE Systems has announced plans to close its factory in Newcastle. More than 330 jobs will be lost as a result.
BAE Systems is planning close its factory in Newcastle with the loss of 330 jobs. Jobs will also go at their Washington site.