Today we’ve seen the announcement of 400 jobs to go at Barden in Plymouth, many of these high value manufacturing jobs, on the Estover Industrial Estate. Read my comment in this Plymouth Live article.

That’s 400 incomes, 400 families, 400 new jobs for people here to find. This is devastating for North Plymouth’s industrial base.

If the Government’s so-called Industrial Strategy is to mean anything, Conservative ministers should be pulling out the stops to help secure the future of regional firms like Barden. International firms don’t just reverse a £15m investment decision within a year without some serious reasons.