Woman hoping to be Portsmouth South MP praises city visit

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A woman hoping to become the next MP for Portsmouth South has praised the foreign secretary’s visit to the city.

Flick Drummond, the Conservative Party’s parliamentary candidate for the seat, arranged for Philip Hammond to visit Airbus Defence and Space.

Mr Hammond took a tour of the company’s premises in Anchorage Road and spoke to apprentices.

The company has been awarded a new commercial deal with satellite operator SES to build a new satellite, sustaining jobs on site.

Ms Drummond said: ‘It was a great opportunity to show the foreign secretary one of our many companies that export around the world.’

She added: ‘We are very lucky to have world-class hi-tech companies in Portsmouth such as Airbus Defence and Space.

‘It was interesting to hear from three young people how they had enjoyed their first two years of apprenticeship.

‘It is one of my goals to make Portsmouth the centre of excellence for hi-tech engineering in the country. We need to enthuse more young people to go into engineering and I will be supporting any initiatives that help that.’

Mr Hammond also spoke about the threat of terrorism during his visit.