The First Minister must travel to Detroit to seek assurances from Ford Executives over the security of its Bridgend plant’s long-term future, an Assembly Member has said.

The call comes in response to claims from the Unite Union who say that 1,160 jobs will go by 2021, which hasn’t been denied by Ford.

The Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones is currently on a trade mission in Washington. Welsh Conservative Shadow Economy Secretary, Russell George AM, has urged Mr Jones to turn his attention to the situation at hand.

“This situation has been rumbling on since June now, and right in the backyard of the First Minister’s constituency,” he said.

“This is very worrying news for workers and their families, who for many months now have been grappling with an increasingly uncertain future.

“So far, action from the Welsh Labour Government has been poorly substituted with empty rhetoric.”

Mr George added: “The First Minister must now drop any engagements he has in Washington and travel straight to Detroit to speak with Ford Executives and seek assurances over the Bridgend plant’s long-term future.”


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