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MP welcomes Filton air cadets to Parliament

Posted on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Cadets from 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron meet Jack Lopresti MP at Parliament.

Cadets from 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron were recently welcomed to Parliament by Jack Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

The Squadron, based in Filton, were invited to Westminster by the MP to celebrate after their Drill team won the National Drill Champions at RAF Halton in November last year.

The cadets were treated to a tour of the Houses of Parliament and views of the terrace before departing for a trip to RAF Hendon.

Mr Lopresti said:

“It was a real pleasure to host 2152 Squadron ATC at the Houses of Parliament. All the cadets looked very smart indeed and I can see why they were the deserved winners of the National Drill Champions. Many congratulations to them all again.”

Flt Lt Jim Brimble, the Officer Commanding for 2152 (N. Bristol) Sqn ATC, said:

“The cadets found the morning fascinating and enjoyable – they all appreciated the effort made in hosting them and learning more about the role of the both Houses of Parliament. An amazing experience, being able to talk to our local MP in such relaxed, yet historic surroundings.”

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Jack Lopresti speaks out on the sale of Filton Airfield

Posted on Friday 5th April 2013 at 7:00 pm by SH (Editor)

An open letter from Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

In recent weeks I have seen several pieces in the local press that seek to scaremonger over the future of our local economy now that Filton Airfield has closed. It is particularly disappointing that local Labour politicians have been cynically talking our local industries down in this way, they’ve been more concerned about scoring parochial party political points than looking at the opportunities and promoting the success of our world leading high tech aerospace and aviation manufacturing industry.

The local Labour party have never made clear how they would have acquired control of a privately owned airfield, forced BAe to keep operating it and forced Airbus to keep supporting it commercially. The Labour party know that the only way this could have been done would be compulsory purchase backed by a huge public subsidy, but they refuse to be honest with local people that they would plough millions of pounds of hardworking tax payer’s money into something that is commercially unviable. The future plans for investment and infrastructure for the airfield site were put to a South Gloucestershire Council Meeting at the end of December 2011 – and when it came down to it, when they had the opportunity to show some kind of leadership what did Labour do? They abstained from the vote.

Since the announced closure Filton aerospace industry has gone from strength to strength and still has a world-leading aviation industry and is still seen as the country’s foremost aerospace technology hub, something which many local people, me included, are very proud of.

After the announcement which surprised and saddened all of us local residents I sought and received assurances from all of the major local aerospace businesses, including Rolls Royce, Airbus, GKN and others, that the loss of the airfield will not compromise their operations in Filton. I also had discussions with Defence Ministers about the loss of use of the airfield to the Military, should they ever need to use it, but was informed that due to the availability of places like RAF Fairford and Brize Norton the closure of the airfield would have no bearing on any future Military Operational capability.

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David Cameron visits Filton Airbus site

Posted on Thursday 26th April 2012 at 1:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Airbus site in Filton, Bristol.

Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Airbus site at Filton on Monday (23rd April), accompanied by local MP Jack Lopresti.

Mr Lopresti and the Prime Minister met with Airbus senior managers to discuss the firm’s future business plans and were then treated to a tour of the factory that assembles the A400M military aircraft wings. The pair then had a chance to chat with Filton-based apprentices.

Speaking after the visit, Mr Lopresti said:

“I was delighted that the Prime Minister took the time to come and see the excellent work that is done by Airbus in Filton. We couldn’t be prouder of Airbus locally and I know that the PM is very proud of what Airbus is doing for UK manufacturing and exports.”

“This Government is fully behind Airbus – last week the PM helped sign the Airbus deal in Indonesia and it was this Government that ordered 22 of the A400M aircraft following the Strategic Defence and Security Review.”

At Filton, over 4,500 people are employed in the design office and in business support roles such as procurement, finance and customer service. Core activities at Filton include the design, engineering and support for Airbus wings, fuel systems and landing gear integration. Teams also work on systems, structures, and aerodynamics research, development and test facilities.

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MP praises Halfords’ apprentice scheme

Posted on Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 11:27 am by SH (Editor)

Local MP Jack Lopresti visited Halfords Autocentre in Filton last Friday (17th February) to meet one of their apprentices, Ben Fisher, and learn more about how the company is starting careers for local young people. Ben is undertaking an apprenticeship with the company and Jack discussed the skills that he is learning and the support he is receiving from the company.

Halfords currently employ 180 apprentices across the company, which represents around 10% of its technician workforce, and has taken on another 60 promising youngsters each year to replace those graduating. In the last two years they have increased the number of apprentices by 60%, and expect to take on 25% more this year.

Mr Lopresti said:

“I am delighted with the work that Halfords are doing with Ben. He is thoroughly enjoying working for Halfords, and I know the skills that he is learning will stand him in good stead for the rest of his working life. Halfords are very pleased with the progress he is making, and I am sure their apprenticeship scheme will give him and all others who are on it a career path within the company and beyond.”

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