Friday, 15 October 2010

Strategic Defence Review looks gloomy for the RAF: thousands of East Lancs jobs in jeopardy

Strolling around Parliament talking to colleagues of all political persuasions there is a view that the upcoming Strategic Defence Review is a catastrophic soap opera with two lead characters vying for political supremacy rather than best intentions.

That as a compromise for the two aircraft carriers being built, that the RAF will suffer the biggest cuts at the hands of the Prime Minister whose language and tone on the matter has been disgraceful.

Thousands of East Lancs jobs are at stake with the Typhoon and the F35. It's bad enough to talk about cuts but to justify them on the international stage by referring to them as obsolete from a soviet cold war era is hugely damaging to export orders that are under discussion and that may help limit the damage to industrial capacity, manufacturing, advanced engineering and employment in the the North West.

Mr Cameron has has history on buffoonery language which damages Britain's interests and he must take a step back and consider what he he saying rather than reading form the pages of' George Bush's Guide to international relation's'.


Major Suppliers to BAe systems (MAS)


No. Company Name Turnover    (£ Million) Number of Employees Location
1 CML Group 11.7 204 Birkenhead
2 Brookhouse 17.9 236 Darwen
3 APPH 26.8 142 Runcorn
4 Aircelle 107.0 691 Burnley
5 Didsbury 3.3 31 Wilmslow
6 Kilgour 3.4 54 Thornton
7 T&R Precision 3.1 49 Colne
8 Merc Engineering 3.0 50 Barrowford
9 Addison Engineering 2.2 35 Thornton
10 Thyssenkrupp 22.8 98 Preston
11 Hycrome 6.6 100 Burnley
12 Sigmatex 12.9 75 Runcorn
13 Silcoms 11.3 113 Bolton
14 Magellan 40.3 321 Wrexham
15 King & Fowler 4.1 83 Liverpool
16 PDS Engineering 1.3 23 Nelson
17 RLC Callender 26.3 235 Accrington
18 Gardner Aerospace 12.4 122 Burnley
19 Hyde Aero Products 52.0 402 Dukinfield
20 BHW Hampson 13.0 185 Wigan
21 John Huddleston Engineering 13.5 99 Blackpool
22 North West Engineering 2.7 57 Lancaster
23 Morson Projects 33.0 500 Salford
24 Regal 4.1 52 Colne
25 Pennine Tools 2.5 35 Barnoldswick
26 A&G Precision 2.7 39 Fylde
27 Precision Parts Engineering 2.2 27 Blackburn
Total 442.1 4058