ANNOUNCEMENT BY FORD

I am aware that some constituents may work at the Ford plant in Bridgend or in the supply chain to this major employer.

The news that Ford plans to close its Bridgend plant in 2020 is devastating for the loyal workforce at the factory, for the wider economy including those in the wider supply chain. It is clearly a very worrying time for everyone.

Minister for Economy Ken Skates has told us he spoke to Ford management earlier today and yesterday also spoke with Secretary of State for BEIS Greg Clark.

We know the Welsh Government has supported the workers at Bridgend over many years with significant investment at the plant – production of the Dragon engine came to Bridgend because of Welsh Government investment – and so the Welsh Government will continue to stand by the workforce and the community in the coming weeks and months.

Economy Minister Ken Skates has said this morning that he will urgently assemble a Taskforce to support workers at the site and to explore sustainable, long term options for the plant and its workforce.
I also expect the UK Government to step up support through its UK Industrial Strategy in order to support the automotive sector and to help secure the long-term future of the industry in UK through R&D and investment in skills.

I believe Ford have a fantastic asset both in the workforce and at their plant in Bridgend and they should re-think this decision as they respond to that future.

While the plant in Bridgend is outside my constituency I happy to meet with any constituent who may be affected by this decision.

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