CONSERVATIVE Stuart Penketh wants the Government, borough council and unions to work together in the wake of the BP/Castrol plant closure.
The prospective Parliamentary candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston said he was “shocked” to hear of BP’s plans to transfer most of their operation in Bridges Road overseas during the next 10 months.
He said: “To have this news hanging over the 100-plus affected employees just before Christmas is terrible.
“Unfortunately, this is following an all too often repeated process where petrochemical companies are transferring production out of the UK to other countries in Europe. It is no surprise when we have the highest rate of fuel duty. I’d like to see the Government, borough council and unions get together and come up with constructive ways of helping these people and anyone else affected in a similar way in the future.”
Mr Penketh added: “This follows the news that unemployment figures have risen by 5.8% to 1.8 million.
“We urgently need business red tape cut and affordable tax cuts.
“The Government is now proposing tax cuts, funded by increased borrowing which would then have to be repaid by huge tax increases in the future.
“You would think that with the current economic crisis being caused by too much borrowing, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Government and supporters would have more sense.
“The very fact that he does nothing to stem the flow of highly skilled engineering jobs out of Ellesmere Port and from across the country shows why he cares about nothing but clinging to power.”