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BAE Systems to cut up to 60 jobs at Rochester Airport site

A major electronics manufacturer is proposing to cut up to 60 jobs at its Rochester site according to MP Kelly Tolhurst.

Ms Tolhurst spoke in the House of Commons during defence questions about the proposed cuts by BAE Systems in Marconi Way.

She said she was disappointed that the company had announced the job losses last week.

BAE Systems' base in Rochester
BAE Systems' base in Rochester

“I was encouraged that our defence ministers shared my disappointment at last week’s news,” Ms Tolhurst said.

“Especially given the money spent by the government with BAE Systems.

"It was also pleasing to hear that the government will do everything it can to make sure that those valuable skills are redeployed in other areas of this avionics specialty.

Kelly Tolhurst, MP for Rochester and Strood.
Kelly Tolhurst, MP for Rochester and Strood.

“These skills have helped deliver some of the best British electronic systems used by our Armed Forces for many years and which will be needed for many more years to come.

“While I am grateful for the government’s support to our local businesses and employment, I will be continuing to keep this on the agenda to ensure our local and defence economy is not hindered by this decision.

She added: “I have always enjoyed working with BAE Systems – and I know they do much for our community – and I look forward to further collaboration and progress around this unfortunate issue.”

BAE Systems has been contacted by KentOnline for a comment.

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