Delay Portsmouth shipyard closure until Scottish independence vote, says Southampton Itchen MP John Denham

Hampshire Chronicle: John Denham John Denham

THE closure of a Hampshire shipyard should be shelved at least until after Scotland votes on independence, an MP has told the Government.

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham warned the Ministry of Defence would be left “without a plan B for warships” if Scots vote to break away from the UK.

Speaking in the Commons the Labour MP said: “In September the Portsmouth warship yard, where many of my constituents work, will shut. That will leave the Government without a plan B for warships if the referendum goes the wrong way.”

“Will the Secretary of State look to delay the closure until the referendum is over, until there is a new user and until there is a credible plan for training manufacturing and engineering apprentices in southern Hampshire?”

In reply Business Secretary Vince Cable said ministers were working “as rapidly as possible finding alternative commercial users” for the yard.

Dodging the issue of the referendum, he added: “The maritime industries are, of course, crucial in Portsmouth, as they are in the right honourable gentleman’s constituency.”

BAE Systems announced the the shipyard closure in November, with the loss of more than 900 jobs. This includes 300 workers from the Southampton area, who worked at Vosper Thornycroft before it moved to Portsmouth in 2003.

The Scots will vote on September 18.

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11:44am Fri 27 Jun 14

loosehead says...

For once I agree with Denham.
For once I agree with Denham. loosehead
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Politically dodgy Denham is cleve opportunist. So has expressed his concern for those workers in Southampton who have to travel to work in this place, only because his own NuLabour Party is not in power.

But if was really concerned about the workers from his constituency why he remained important member of the NuLabour government under which Vosper Thornycroft was closed right in the heart of Southampton Itchen?

Or could it be that he has indirectly tried to threaten the people of Scotland that if they vote for independence England will not invest in the independent state? Which is very typical old imperialist trick. Likes of Denham used to threaten similar way to some Commonwealth nations before they won their freedom, but now are having to chew their imperialist pride while trying to develop trade with successful economies like India.
Politically dodgy Denham is cleve opportunist. So has expressed his concern for those workers in Southampton who have to travel to work in this place, only because his own NuLabour Party is not in power. But if was really concerned about the workers from his constituency why he remained important member of the NuLabour government under which Vosper Thornycroft was closed right in the heart of Southampton Itchen? Or could it be that he has indirectly tried to threaten the people of Scotland that if they vote for independence England will not invest in the independent state? Which is very typical old imperialist trick. Likes of Denham used to threaten similar way to some Commonwealth nations before they won their freedom, but now are having to chew their imperialist pride while trying to develop trade with successful economies like India. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: -3

7:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Shut Woolston so we aint interested in the rabble down the Road!
Shut Woolston so we aint interested in the rabble down the Road! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -4

8:12am Sat 28 Jun 14

skeptik says...

India - buying Russian built Kiev class aircraft carriers with Russian aircraft accepting hand outs from the Imperialists - whilst millions are not included in India's success.
India - buying Russian built Kiev class aircraft carriers with Russian aircraft accepting hand outs from the Imperialists - whilst millions are not included in India's success. skeptik
  • Score: 0

9:01am Sat 28 Jun 14

Datarater says...

skeptik wrote:
India - buying Russian built Kiev class aircraft carriers with Russian aircraft accepting hand outs from the Imperialists - whilst millions are not included in India's success.
Hopefully the Indians will buy the air craft carriers we are building and then we can build some real ones with cats and traps.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: India - buying Russian built Kiev class aircraft carriers with Russian aircraft accepting hand outs from the Imperialists - whilst millions are not included in India's success.[/p][/quote]Hopefully the Indians will buy the air craft carriers we are building and then we can build some real ones with cats and traps. Datarater
  • Score: 0
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