Following Rachel’s phone call with the Chief Executive of Melrose, Simon Peckham, last Friday (April 20th), Rachel has issued the following response:

“Ever since Melrose’s takeover bid was accepted, I have consistently and continually called on bosses to retain GKN’s head office here in Redditch.

“As soon as the takeover deal was accepted, I got straight on the phone to Melrose’s Chief Executive, Simon Peckham, who assured me they have no plans to close GKN’s Redditch head office over the short-term.

“I welcome this decision as it will provide stability after a period of uncertainty for GKN’s employees.

“I am aware some employees are at risk of redundancy. Of course, no one wants to see any job losses and I understand this must be a difficult time for all those affected. I will be putting maximum pressure on Melrose to ensure they do all they can, both within the letter and spirit of employment law, to support these employees who have given a large proportion of their career to GKN. Melrose should go out of their way to provide these employees with the best available support to help them transition to new roles, they deserve nothing less.

“I will of course continue to keep the current situation under close review and I will remain in touch with GKN and Melrose during this process. Residents and GKN employees quite rightly expect nothing less from their MP.

“Melrose must also remain true to their word and fulfil the other commitments made in their legally-binding agreement. They’ve promised to continue to invest in GKN and Melrose must now deliver on this promise to ensure this successful British firm remains at the forefront of engineering long into the future.”