Statement on the proposed closure of GE Kidsgrove

It was announced today that GE is considering the closure of the Kidsgrove site, which employs 243 local people.

This news is a terrible shock to me and to my constituents, nearly 250 of whom have woken up this morning to find their livelihoods under threat.

I’m extremely concerned that GE has made no effort to notify or consult with anyone before this decision was made. This behaviour shows a total disregard for the concerns of local, loyal employees here in Kidsgrove.

I have been in contact with UNITE, and I will be meeting as soon as possible with local union reps and will be working with them in the days ahead. I have also contacted the Business Secretary to seek additional support for the future of the site and have secured an urgent meeting with GE’s management.

My priority is the future of our community, and the wellbeing of those people whose jobs are affected and their families.