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Speaking in response to news that up to 180 jobs could go at Portadown and Banbridge based Thompson Aero, Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart said:

This is a devastating blow for these employees, their families and the local job market, not just in Upper Bann but the supply chain across Northern Ireland. Many of these jobs came to the area when the aviation industry was booming. Sadly, the impact of Covid-19 has decimated this sector and today’s announcement is a reflection of that.

I have spoken to the company today and sought assurances for support measures for those affected. It is time for the Government to look more strategically at the aerospace sector given the impact of Covid-19. We must ensure that families depending on this sector continue to have their livelihood.

I know the Economy Minister is already aware of the pressures on this sector and has been making this argument in London.

My thoughts are with the Thompson Aero workers at this time. It is vital they get all available support at this challenging time.”