On Wednesday Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that they would be cutting 500 jobs at their plant in Halewood. This shocking news is a real blow to our manufacturing economy in Garston and Halewood. Apart from the 500 jobs to go at JLR, more than 10% of the workforce, there will be knock-on effects in the supply chain.
Today I asked the Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg for an urgent debate on the 500 job losses at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Halewood. The Tories must tell us what they are doing to support the auto-motive sector in the North West and across the country. Rees-Mogg just dodged the issue. He waffled on but didn't say what his Government are going to do to help my constituents who are losing their jobs. It's clear to me that the Tories have no strategy for helping industry at this uncertain time for our country.
Posted by Maria Eagle on Thursday, January 23, 2020
The company say that this is nothing to do with Brexit, and there are certainly additional factors affecting them, but I am worried that the ongoing uncertainty about our future trading relationship with the EU will mean there could be more job losses to come in the North West auto industry.
It is absolutely vital that the Government recognise the huge risks to industry that brexit represents. We have already seen similar job losses at other car plants up and down the country. This is a canary in the coal mine telling us thousands of good, well-paid jobs are at risk.
I asked the Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg for an urgent debate on the 500 job losses. I want to know what the Government plan to do to support those who are losing their jobs and what they are going to do to support the automotive industry as we leave the EU.
Rees-Mogg just dodged the issue. He waffled on giving a list of all the reason’s car sales are down but didn’t mention brexit at all. It’s clear to me that the Tories have no strategy for helping industry at this uncertain time for our country and are happy to pretend brexit is totally risk-free.
This is a dangerous lie, the Government must acknowledge the risks and make plans to reduce them. I will not let them get away with this and will keep pushing for a debate, for answers to my questions and for more support for my constituents who are losing their jobs.
If you work at JLR and need help or know someone that does email me at Maria.Eagle.MP@parliament.uk or call on 0151 448 1167.