Business Secretary Vince Cable
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Ford job losses in UK 'a bad blow', says Vince Cable

25 October 2012 Last updated at 22:21 BST

Carmaker Ford has announced plans to close two UK plants with the loss of 1,400 jobs.

Its Southampton Transit van factory and the stamping plant at Dagenham, Essex, will shut, with union sources saying the job losses could reach 2,000.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the news was "a bad blow" for staff.

But he said there would be no compulsory redundancies and the government would do what it could to support workers.