Michael Fallon returns to Portsmouth as work to mitigate BAE job losses continues

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Minister for Portsmouth Michael Fallon is back in Portsmouth today for more meetings about the city’s future after the loss of naval shipbuilding.

The MP has met with unions, representatives of BAE Systems, and leaders of the historic dockyard in Portsmouth to hear their ideas for the future of industry in the region, and to hear what is being done to mitigate job losses.

Michael Fallon arriving in Portsmouth

Michael Fallon arriving in Portsmouth

As reported by The News earlier today, Mr Fallon has announced a new research project which he hopes will bring investment to the area.

The report, which will be ready in the spring, will be used to examine the strengths of the Portsmouth area for the maritime and marine engineering industry.

Mr Fallon said: ‘This is a key research project to identify the maritime opportunity here.

‘Obviously we are still focused on the shipyard, I met with the unions this morning, any proposal to get more work into the area we’ll look at.

‘But we also have to look to the future to see how we build on the maritime strengths and that is part of the research project.

‘I hope Portsmouth will come out as the winner, one of the key areas of this country as a maritime centre that we can build on.’