PORTSMOUTH’S council leader has condemned the decision to end shipbuilding at Portsmouth dockyard.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said the council would work hard to protect the jobs that remain there.
‘I condemn the decision to shut down the last remaining shipyard in England with the capability to build advanced surface warships,’ he said.
‘This decision is bad for Portsmouth, with the loss of many highly-skilled jobs, but it’s also bad for the defence of the UK and for the Royal Navy.
‘The remaining yards with the capability to build advanced warships are in Scotland, and the referendum on Scottish independence is less than one year away. Ministers have put the defence of the UK and the future of the navy at real risk.
‘We will work as hard as we can to protect jobs in Portsmouth.
‘Portsmouth remains the home of the Royal Navy with more than 10,000 jobs remaining in the dockyard.’