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East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has said targeted support for the aerospace industry will be necessary following the announcement of job losses today at Bombardier.

The DUP MP said, “The Belfast plant appears to have been hit disproportionately hard by these cuts, and my immediate thoughts are with all those staff who have been given this devastating news today. Staff at Bombardier have been through so much over recent years, but recently the outlook had looked much more positive in terms of the A220 jets and work towards the sale of the plant to Spirit AeroSystems.

The aerospace industry has been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Data recently released from the New Economic Forum has predicted 70,000 redundancies across the sector and there will be a need for targeted support from government to this industry across the UK.

I hope to speak to the Business Minister Nadhim Zadawi later today about how the UK government can intervene to support this sector. I will continue to do everything possible to support the company, working with both the Executive locally and national Government.”