A Tory MP has rubbed salt into the wounds of soon-to-be-redundant constituents by suggesting that a British manufacturing bid by was “ten times” more expensive than a rival offer from a foreign manufacturer. Bombardier’s train plant in Derby announced 1,400 job losses after the firm lost the £1.4bn Thameslink contract to German company Siemens.
Derby's Con-Dem politicians received a warning shot today of the extent of anger in the city following the coalition government's decision to send a vital train-building contract to Germany.
Tories and Lib Dems could face a massive backlash at the next general election amid mounting anger over ministers' refusal to revisit a contract that will cost 1,400 jobs at a local Bombardier factory and thousands more in the local economy.
A CONSULTANCY firm which advised Government agencies on the Thameslink rail project was also used by German company Siemens to help it win a £1.4 billion train deal for the route ahead of Derby’s Bombardier, it emerged today.
RAIL UNION RMT today exposed the latest twist in the Bombardier train jobs scandal - revealing that the Department of Transport have refused to spend £600 on a Freedom of Information request that would have explained why the Thameslink Fleet contract is being shipped to Germany while at the same time blowing £15 million on consultants and advisers to oil the wheels of the stitch up.