Labour: Ford announcement is a 'very sad day'

The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has tweeted his reaction to Ford closing its factory in Southampton and a plant in Dagenham:

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Ford’s decision to cease vehicle production in the UK marks the end of an era and is a very sad day

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Ford's decision will come as a devastating blow to 1100 Ford workers set to lose their jobs, with more put at risk in their supply chain too

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1,400 Ford jobs to be cut

Ford has cut 1,400 jobs in the UK as it announces plans to shut its Transit van factory near Southampton and a plant in Dagenham in Essex. The firm has said it hopes to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum.