Derby job losses a ‘huge blow’ to economy

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EREWASH MP Jessica Lee has described the loss of 1,400 jobs at Bombardier as a ‘huge blow’ to the economy.

Last week, the Government provoked outrage handing a contract to build Thameslink rolling stock to German company Siemens instead of the Derby firm which employs Erewash residents.

Conservative Miss Lee has said she has quizzed the Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond about the decision and is seeking a review over the EU procurement process.

She said: “My grandfather worked on the local train network in the East Midlands all of his life. This amongst many other things has given me a great respect for the industry and, as a result, the future of rail in the UK is very important to me.

“The loss of the contract for Bombardier to Siemens is a huge blow for our local economy.”

She said that she has written to the National Audit Office asking for a halt in the decision process.

“Looking into the matter, it is right to say that there are questions to be asked about the procurement process for this contract that was established by the last government in 2008,” she added.

“However I recognise that this week it will be no comfort to families affected by this decision to point the finger at other politicians.”