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Saturday, 30 May 2015

New defence secretary to meet Barrow delegation

THE new defence secretary will today meet with a delegation of business representatives and politicians from Barrow in one of his first official engagements.

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Conservative MP Michael Fallon was yesterday announced as the new secretary of state for defence, following Philip Hammond’s move to the post of foreign secretary under David Cameron’s reshuffle.

Before his latest appointment, Mr Fallon, who was born in Scotland, was a business and energy minister.

His new role has been welcomed by campaigners aiming to champion the need for a continuous at sea nuclear deterrent in the form of submarines built in Barrow.

Stuart Klosinski, from the Keep Our Future Afloat Campaign, said he was “delighted” with Mr Fallon’s appointment.

He said: “Mr Fallon has voted very strongly in favour of a replacement to the Trident programme, which is very positive news for Barrow.”

Mr Fallon met with Mr Klosinski at an advanced manufacturing summit held in London in February.

Also present were Jackie Arnold, head of strategy and business planning at BAE Systems Maritime–Submarines in Barrow, and George Beveridge, Sellafield’s deputy managing director.

Mr Klosinski recalled: “Mr Fallon was really well-briefed and was keen to talk about the advanced manufacturing hub in Cumbria. We were very impressed with him.

“Following that meeting, we wrote to Mr Fallon telling him that we welcomed the government’s commitment to supporting growth in the county.”

Today, members of KOFAC, along with Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock and Tony Johns, managing director for BAE Systems Maritime– Submarines, are due to attend a supply chain reception in London.

Ministers will meet with delegates from Cumbria and hear about the significance of Britain’s submarine capability and it has now been confirmed that Mr Fallon will be attending. 

Mr Klosinski added: “Wednesday’s delegates will urge the present government and all political parties to sustain a policy of operating continuously at sea deterrent patrols using first the current, then the replacement, submarines.”

Have your say

Too right mate, a point well made ruddy good Letter.

Posted by captainbluebirdseye on 16 July 2014 at 19:54

Now is the time to ask if the sub base at HMNB Cclyde can be moved to Barrow regardless of which way the Independence vote goes.As there is a major element in Scotland don't want it .The boats are built in Barrow and Barrow men can maintain them.Now is the time to bring major employment to Cumbria.

Posted by The King of Cumbria on 16 July 2014 at 14:50

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