Very worrying news of job losses emerging from Airbus this week. While we understand the Newport site will not be directly affected, there are concerns about what this announcement will mean for the Airbus sites in Filton – where a number of Newport East residents travel to work – and Broughton. My thoughts are with all the workers & their families at this alarming and uncertain time.
The aerospace industry is hugely important to the Welsh and UK economy, and I fully support Ken Skates’ proposal for an urgent summit to discuss the future of the aerospace, automotive & manufacturing sectors, which have been severely impacted by Covid-19 . I hope the UK Government will take part in that and look at actions that can be taken immediately to support the industry and its supply chains.The time will come when we will all travel by air again and the UK Government needs a long term strategy to ensure we do not lose the manufacturing base completely from the UK.