Reigate MP opposes L&G Surrey office closure plan

Legal & General Kingswood Image copyright Robert Irving Burns
Image caption The Legal & General campus at Kingswood has a sports hall, staff gym and a swimming pool

An MP is opposing the closure of Legal & General's Kingswood offices in Surrey claiming a credible argument has been made to halt the move.

Reigate Conservative MP Crispin Blunt said he agreed with employees that closure was not in the interests of shareholders.

Legal & General has said closure will begin in the spring and it had no comment to make in response to the MP.

The union Unite has said its campaign against closure will continue.

Mr Blunt said that if the case made on behalf of employees was sound, shareholders should invite the board to reconsider.

And he said he would investigate the merits of the decision before the Legal & General annual general meeting in May.

"Legal and General still has to make its case," he said.

Legal & General said it had successfully concluded consultation and a phased closure would run until 2018.

The company said roles at Kingswood would transfer to Hove and Cardiff, employees would be able to "follow their roles" with relocation and travel packages, and severance terms had been agreed for those unable to move or be redeployed.

Group commercial director Simon Burke said the world was now digital and Kingswood was the company's least adaptable building for changing business demands and also had high rent and running costs meaning closure was the correct decision.

Legal & General said about 1,400 workers are based at the site.

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