Shipbuilding decision protest to be staged as Question Time is aired at Portsmouth Guildhall tonight

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PEOPLE are being urged to turn up to a protest tonight outside the recording of Question Time.

The GMB union has arranged a demonstration to take place outside Portsmouth Guildhall ahead of the recording of the topical BBC show.

Panellists on the show, which is being filmed from 6pm, include Lib Dem minister for energy and climate change, Ed Davey, Conservative former chancellor Nigel Lawson, and Labour MP Stella Creasy.

General secretary of the GMB union, Paul Kenny, is also expected to be a panellist.

Protestors are due to start arriving from around 5pm with banners and placards.

The recording of the show was moved from Brighton to Portsmouth in the wake of last week’s shock announcement that the city’s BAE Systems shipyard is to close next year.

GMB members in Portsmouth will be joined by their regional colleagues, who are also attending the protest.

They are picketing over the loss of jobs at the Polimeri synthetic rubber plant in Hythe.

Shop stewards from the unions will be meeting with their members today to discuss the outcome of talks between them and BAE Systems.