National Shipbuilding Strategy debate

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has reaffirmed his support for the local shipbuilding industry during a Parliamentary debate recently.   


During an earlier intervention in Parliament Mr Hepburn has already demanded that the powers that be ensure they maximise the employment of British labour and create apprenticeships in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry to give the young the opportunities they deserve.  


And this week in Westminster the Jarrow MP raised the issue of competition in the shipbuilding industry and the fact that many industries across the world are heavily subsidised by their Government, which does not happen in the UK.           


During the Parliamentary debate on the Government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy to discuss the Government’s plans for new cut-price Type 31 frigade warships for the Royal Navy, the Jarrow MP said:


“I am sure that my hon. Friend is aware that shipbuilding industries throughout the world are very heavily subsidised, in one way or another, by their Government. That does not happen in this country. Does my hon. Friend think that we could get a better, more level playing field if the Government addressed their mind to that?”


Following the debate, Stephen Hepburn MP added:


“We must pull out all the stops to keep our yards building and repairing ships.


“I want the defence of Britain to be built on a Tyneside with a brilliant maritime history and bright future.


“How fantastic would it be if A&P Tyne workers in Hebburn, including our young apprentices were guaranteed work on ships which are vital to our country’s security.    


“When the time comes to award the contracts, I’ll keep on lobbing the powers that be hard to ensure they maximise the employment of British labour and create apprenticeships to give the young the opportunities they deserve.” 



Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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