Ford Bridgend closure announced
Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, reacting to confirmation that Ford will close its Bridgend plant in 2020, said:
“This is truly terrible news for the 1,700 workers directly employed at the plant, all those in the supply chain, their families and the wider community in Bridgend.
“The Tories need to wake up to reality: they are dragging our manufacturing base into oblivion. Their leadership candidates are vying to inflict the most damaging form of Brexit, and not one of them has a strategy for the challenges facing the automotive sector.
“The government must immediately start working with the Welsh Government, trade unions and Ford to rescue the plant. If they don’t, then once again the Tories’ legacy will be decimated industries, from steel to car manufacturing.
“In government, Labour will rebuild our industry and manufacturing, so that they thrive once again.’’
Notes to editors
Ford Bridgend has received £140m in funding from Wales’s Labour Government over recent years, in order to help it adjust to a changing economy.