Support for local shipyards

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has urged the Prime Minister support local shipyards by building the three Royal Navy supply ships in Britain during Prime Minister’s Questions recently. 

The Jarrow MP has already called on the government to ensure that they maximise the employment of British labour and create apprenticeships to give the young the opportunities they deserve.

The Government has maintained that the competition to build these ships will be subject to international tender, rather than UK only as the Government has classed them as ‘non-warships’. 

But the Jarrow constituency MP has again urged the Government to make the competition to build these ships available for UK shipyards only.

These ships will be used to replenish Royal Navy warships at sea with ammunition, food and other supplies. The new ships will replace the current dry stores ships, which were built in the mid-1970s.

Mr Hepburn called on the Prime Minister:


“Will the Prime Minister commit herself here and now to fly the flag and to build the three Royal Navy supply ships in British yards, including on the Tyne, by reversing the unpatriotic decision to put this out to international tender?


The Prime Minister replied:


“As the hon. Gentleman knows, we have taken shipbuilding in the United Kingdom incredibly seriously by publishing a shipbuilding strategy, which aims to ensure that we can enhance the capabilities of shipbuilding yards. Individual decisions are taken in relation to Royal Navy ships, but it is important that we have an overall strategy to encourage shipbuilding around the country."


Stephen Hepburn MP added:

 “The Prime Minister should be everything she can to support British shipyards, not those of other countries.


“I want the defence of Britain to be built in our area which has such a proud history and I will keep campaigning to press the Government to ensure that the contract is awarded to UK shipyards.”

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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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