‘Hard work can give city a new lease of life,’ says Minister for Portsmouth as shipbuilding in the city ends

Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Portsmouth
Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Portsmouth
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THE government is leaving ‘no stone unturned’ to find a new occupier for the dockyard as shipbuilding ends in the city.

That is according to Matthew Hancock MP, the city’s government minister.

Mr Hancock told The News: ‘Portsmouth has a proud maritime history and I’m convinced that hard work in the coming months can give this great city a new lease of life.

‘I know that times have been difficult for the people of Portsmouth recently, but rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned in the search for a robust commercial venture to take over the BAE site.

‘We are already making progress, with £100m investment to prepare for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth meaning we have the highest level of naval vessels at the docks since the early 1960s and underpinning thousands of jobs in Portsmouth and nearby.

‘We are investing in a new research centre at Portsdown Technology Park to develop Britain’s nautical future and reboot traditional local industry, including cutting-edge technology for use in unmanned boats, submarines or other vessels and Sir Ben Ainslie’s landmark project will give the city another great boost.’