Scrapping shipbuilding ‘isn’t to do with referendum’

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THERE were few surprising questions asked at the Guildhall during the filming of the BBC’s Question Time.

Many wanted assurances that Portsmouth was not being used in a political game with Scotland.

PANEL From left, Paul Kenny, of the GMB, Nigel Lawson,  Stella Creasy, shadow business minister for Labour, David Dimbleby, Ed Davey, energy secretary and Nikki King, director of Isuzu Trucks UK. Picture: Sarah Standing (133131-7471)

PANEL From left, Paul Kenny, of the GMB, Nigel Lawson, Stella Creasy, shadow business minister for Labour, David Dimbleby, Ed Davey, energy secretary and Nikki King, director of Isuzu Trucks UK. Picture: Sarah Standing (133131-7471)

Responding, Ed Davey said: ‘It isn’t to do with the Scottish referendum – there are some difficult decisions to be made within shipbuilding.

‘We have to do as much as possible to help the people who have lost their jobs, and the economy here in Portsmouth.

‘That’s why we’re going to invest £100m so when aircraft carriers come here they can be based here, there are going to be those jobs here so Portsmouth can continue to be the proud home of the Royal Navy.’

Most wanted to view their disgust at the decision.

Stella Creasy said: ‘I have been talking to people today from Portsmouth about the impact of this and they are desperately, desperately worried.

‘I think Portsmouth understand that contracts come and go, it’s the planning, it’s the organisation to make sure that we hold on to those skills so that we can actually retain a sovereign capacity to build ships.

‘We are thinking about how to maintain those skills because that’s what makes Portsmouth such a fantastic place to build ships and that’s what we’ve got to retain whatever the future holds for Portsmouth.’

Other topics covered last night were climate change and the Royal Marine found guilty of murdering an injured Taliban fighter.