News from local MP

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton &  Bradley Stoke

THIS month I have been able to revisit some of the fantastic aerospace and world-leading defence companies we have in our area.

I visited Aeralis to catch up on progress with their modular jet, which could replace the Hawk as the trainer aircraft for the RAF, among other potential uses.

It is a radical new concept and a world-leading modular design, with the potential to be a major British export, which could be used in militaries around the world.

This will create jobs and deliver on-demand operational air support services as part of the future of our air force.

I also visited GKN Global Technology Centre in Filton and met with their vice-president, Sameer Savani, to discuss technological innovation, sustainable development, STEM engagement with schools and apprenticeships.

The GTC is working with several partners across the region, helping to sustain our area as an international centre of excellence in aerospace and technology.

In Westminster I asked the Prime Minister to join me in paying tribute to everyone who works at MOD Defence Equipment and Support, Abbeywood, for all that they do, especially in helping the Ukrainians get the kit they need to fight for their freedom.

In Parliament, I continue to champion and advocate apprenticeships. The opportunities they bring and the contribution they can make to enhancing social mobility will ensure we maintain the knowledge, skills and expertise not only for good quality jobs in our area, but to protect and enhance our sovereign defence manufacturing capability.

I met apprentices from EDF Energy, Assystem and Vulcain Engineering during Nuclear Week in Parliament and discussed the vital contributions they are making to preserve our energy security.

I hosted a seminar in Westminster with Enterprise UK, where we discussed Enterprise’s plans to provide apprenticeships and training to our Armed Forces’ veterans. I also hosted Airbus Helicopters, where I was able to meet with some of their fantastic apprentices.

Last week I was re-elected as chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sovereign Defence Manufacturing Capability. The first inquiry will be on the impact of the war in Ukraine on the UK’s defence manufacturing resilience.

Earlier this month I met with Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury to discuss the company’s ongoing and increasing investment into Filton, and also attended the ADS annual dinner, which brings together the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. I was hosted by Lockheed Martin and spent the evening explaining to them the great merits and advantages of investing in defence manufacturing jobs in our area.

As always, should you need my help with anything, my office is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm.

Please telephone me on 01454 617783 or email if I can be of assistance, or to book a surgery appointment.