February 26, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Welsh Labour calls for clarity after PM’s Bridgend ‘jobs bungle’

WELSH Labour has called for clarity from the UK Government after Boris Johnson declared at Prime Minister’s Questions that Bridgend was “going to be the one of the great centres of battery manufacturing in this country, if not the world.”

There is no indication that a battery manufacturing project has been earmarked for Bridgend. The insensitive slip up also comes after news from Ineos that its new 4×4 cars will be manufactured in France, not Bridgend, due to the UK Government’s botched handling of Brexit.

Welsh Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Nia Griffith said:

“People in Bridgend deserve clarity on these jobs that the Prime Minister has declared are coming to the area. There is no evidence to suggest substantial investment or support for battery manufacturing by the UK Tory Government in Bridgend.

“It is deeply unfair for the Prime Minister to be so loose with his words when Bridgend has faced so many set backs on his watch. The community is still reeling from the closure of Ford and the loss of the Ineos project to France. It’s simply not good enough.”

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