Following the decision made by GKN’s shareholders this afternoon (March 28), Rachel has issued the following response:

“Melrose must now remain true to their word and sign a legal and binding agreement with the Government to make sure they retain GKN’s headquarters in the UK. Redditch is GKN’s home and I’m calling on Melrose to maintain their global headquarters in our town.

“I will now be seeking an urgent meeting with the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, to ask him to support my call to get Melrose to keep GKN’s headquarters in Redditch in order to retain those jobs.

“I understand staff at GKN’s headquarters still remain concerned about the future of their jobs, that’s why I will remain in contact with Melrose and GKN as this takeover goes ahead to make sure these concerns are heard at the highest levels.

“This British engineering and manufacturing icon has forged strong links with the community here in Redditch and I hope this continues under the new ownership.”