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BAE Systems to axe 600 jobs

BAE Systems is planning to axe more than 600 jobs and close its historic factory in Newcastle-upon-Tyne that made tanks for the World War I, the company has announced.

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Shadow defence secretary: 'Defence industry lacking support'

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy Credit: Reuters

In response to BAE's proposed cuts, the shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said the country is seeing defence industrial decline on the Government's watch. He said:"Historic sites are closing, jobs are under threat and the defence industry is lacking support."

He continued: "Ministers must do more to demonstrate they have a long-term plan to stimulate and support the UK-based defence industry."

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