Commenting on the developments at Ford, Bridgend, Ogmore MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, released the following statement:
“We are bitterly disappointed at Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to bring an early end to its contract with Ford Bridgend for the production of petrol engines beyond 2020. This adds new urgency to the ongoing work with unions and management, supported by Welsh Government, to identify new workstreams and future investment for Bridgend.
We call on the UK Government to urgently intervene in this situation. If it is the case, as we suspect, that the production of these engines could be relocating to Wolverhampton following a "sweetheart deal" with direct support from the UK Government, this shows a complete contempt for the hard-working Welsh workforce and their families, and a contempt for Wales.
If a sweetheart deal has been done in Wolverhampton, the Prime Minister must immediately arrange for support to be deployed to Bridgend to rectify any damage inflicted on the long-term sustainability of the plant.
Despite these challenges, there can be a good future for Ford Bridgend, with the management and unions working together with the support of Welsh Government. But we also need the UK Government to show its support. Stealing jobs away from Bridgend is not the way to do this.