Foreign secretary pays a visit to Portsmouth space giant Airbus

Philip Hammond with Flick Drummond and apprentices from Airbus
Philip Hammond with Flick Drummond and apprentices from Airbus
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FOREIGN secretary Philip Hammond visited Portsmouth today to learn more about the work of space giant Airbus.

Mr Hammond stopped by at the company’s base in Anchorage Road to take a tour of the premises and chat to apprentices getting to grips with space engineering.

It comes after Airbus was awarded a new contract to build a satellite for satellite operator SES, which follows five satellite orders it secured last year.

Speaking to The News, Mr Hammond said: ‘This is a high-tech company, and the future of Britain has got to be based on high skills in the workforce.’

Mr Hammond also said the people of Portsmouth had every right to be concerned about the threat of terrorism in light of the jihadi fighters who have left the city to fight in Syria and the identity of ‘Jihadi John’ being revealed.

‘It is right locally that people are concerned,’ Mr Hammond said.

‘It would be wrong to say Portsmouth has any more of a particular problem than other cities, but it is one of a number of areas where we have identified fighters have left to go to Syria and Iraq.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, recently revealed he is helping prepare a counter terrorism bill giving the government extra powers to track extremists.

It includes electronically terminating the passports of known terrorists and putting restrictions on where suspected terrorists should live.