The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has tweeted his reaction to Ford closing its factory in Southampton and a plant in Dagenham:
Ford’s decision to cease vehicle production in the UK marks the end of an era and is a very sad day
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
Ford has announced plans to close its plant in Southampton and downsize operations in Dagenham with risks to 1,400 jobs.
As politicians and pundits welcome the GDP figures, a reminder of how tricky this recovery is going to be emerges from the Ford plants.