Labour MP: Ford decision 'devastating for Southampton'

The Southampton Labour MP John Denham, who is also the parliamentary aide to Ed Miliband, has described Ford's decision to shut the factory that makes the Transit van as "devastating":

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White van man drives a Southampton transit. Now he'll have to buy it from Turkey. Fords decision bad for UK, devastating for Southampton

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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.