Knowsley MP shocked by Huyton Goodrich factory closure plan

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George Howarth
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Mr Howarth said he was "exploring" government help options

The plan to close a Merseyside aircraft parts factory has come as "a bolt out of the blue", according to a local MP.

Knowsley MP George Howarth said he was surprised Goodrich Actuation Systems, which has around 350 workers, may shut.

UTC Aerospace Systems, which runs the Huyton plant, has met unions to discuss potential job losses.

The Labour MP said he has spoken to Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable about the possibility of securing government help to keep the plant open.

Mr Howarth said the plant had been recruiting "within the last 12 months, so it's a bit of a bolt out of the blue".

He said he had been "exploring" what options were open in terms of government help with Mr Cable.

A government spokesman said the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills was "in contact with UTC regarding its site in Merseyside".

"The company has made clear that a consultation process is underway regarding those employees affected," he said.

"We will monitor the outcome of that process and consider what, if any, action might be necessary to support those affected when the outcome is known."

Staff were told on Tuesday that UTC were intending to close the plant to keep the company competitive.

Knowsley Council has requested a meeting with the company to discuss the closure.

A spokesman said if the "worst came to the worst", the council would "do all it can to help those losing their jobs".

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