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BAE workers 'deserve clarity'

The shadow defence minister has called on the government for "urgent clarification" on the future of the UK's shipyards.

Vernon Coaker said it was "important government and BAE come forward with what are the facts as soon as possible".

He said it was important that the UK maintained the "skills and capacity" to continue ship building, which is "important for (the) defence of our country".

Mr Coaker said BAE and the unions involved "work very closely" and "have a good relationship", and will be working together to ensure the UK maintains a ship building industry.

He also dismissed accusations that Labour was responsible for the overspend incurred in building the two aircraft carriers.

  • 05 Nov 2013