Black Country MP and former Defence Minister John Spellar welcomed the announcement by the Government that the Fleet Solid Support Ships for the Royal Navy will be built in the UK.

Spellar was a keen advocate for building the ships in the UK and used many of his Parliamentary Defence Questions to scrutinise ministerial decision making on the topic and demand that British jobs and workers benefit from the project.

However, Spellar hit out at the Government delay and dithering over the project, telling the Daily Mirror: “It’s good news they have finally – if belatedly – acknowledged that British firms and British workers should be in the lead, but I would urge them to speed-up the timeline not only for the benefit of the Royal Navy but also to get British industry moving again in the Covid crisis.

“They aren’t even launching the campaign until the spring, they’re still dithering around and don’t seem to understand the need to get manufacturing moving in this country.

“Why the delay? They know what they need.”

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