Fylde MP presses for export support

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies made his final visit of the year to 
BAE Systems in Warton for an update on the various projects being carried out on the 
site.

During the visit, Mr Menzies was given a progress report on the £185m Taranis unmanned aircraft programme, before stopping by the Hawk and Typhoon production lines to view the latest units being created.

He also met with senior executives to discuss progress with orders and potential export contracts on the horizon.

Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “I always feel it is important to take the time to visit BAE Systems and keep abreast of the work which is going on there.

“As Fylde’s largest employer, the site at Warton is critical to the local economy and I am a vocal supporter of the business in the House of Commons.

“I am proud to have such a highly-regarded company operating in Fylde and it is 
vital that we keep those skilled, well-paid jobs locally.

“But that means ensuring that the company’s order book remains full and so I am continually pushing the Government to support the industry with its export campaigns.

“Hopefully, as the Warton Enterprise Zone comes on line, we will see more and more employers in that area offering positions in the 
advance manufacturing and engineering sectors.”