THE Lord Mayor of Portsmouth has invited the Prime Minister to visit Portsmouth and see how vital shipbuilding is to the city.
As reported in The News, Councillor Lynne Stagg has written a letter to David Cameron on behalf of the people of Portsmouth.
The letter says: ‘In 1194, King Richard the Lionheart gave Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
‘This was reaffirmed in 1200 by King John, who established Portsmouth as a permanent naval base.
‘On November 6, 2013, you announced to the House that 1,000 jobs would be lost due to the cessation of shipbuilding in Portsmouth.
‘My purpose in writing is not to offer a history lesson – you know that shipbuilding in Portsmouth has been going on for 500 years.
‘Rather, I am writing as the first citizen of this proud and historic city to invite you to come to see for yourself how shipbuilding and the maritime sector is the lifeblood of this city and the Solent region, and to discuss how the government can respond appropriately to the decision of BAE Systems.
‘You will see from the foot of this letter that my invitation is endorsed by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat group leaders and Labour group deputy leader of the council, who are responding to the unanimous resolution of the full council.
‘If you do not feel you can justify the time to visit Portsmouth, we will happily travel to London to see you.
‘We see this as a matter of great urgency, and I look forward to receiving your response.’