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Wednesday 7th July 2010 (Andrew Griffiths)

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has held an urgent meeting with Iain Duncan-Smith, the Secretary for Work and Pensions, following the recent announcement of 750 redundancies at the Toyota factory in Burnaston.

Andrew said:

“As soon as I learnt of the redundancies, I arranged an emergency meeting with the Secretary of State. I am particularly concerned of the impact it will have on many families in Burton. The essential thing is that we provide the help and support for these people to get back to work as soon as possible and I am pleased to have received a categorical assurance that the Department of Work and Pensions will do everything they can to get people back to work with the full support of the Job Centre Plus”.

Andrew also raised the matter on the floor of the House of Commons and pressed for a main debate on help for manufacturing. Manufacturing output has fallen by 10 per cent in the last 13 years, decreasing three times faster than it did under the Conservative Government of the 1980s.

Andrew said:

“I am a big supporter of manufacturing and want to make sure that we get the proper policies in place to encourage engineering and let it flourish.”

Andrew is visiting Toyota’s Burnaston plant tomorrow morning (Friday 9 July).

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