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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
MP says help needed for industries
 Dr Martens boot
Dr Martens boots production is leaving the UK
A Labour MP is calling for more to be done to protect Britain's manufacturing industry after the maker of Dr Martens announced it was moving production to China.

R Griggs Group, which makes the iconic boots at factories in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Somerset, announced on Thursday it was ceasing production in England.

On Friday Paul Stinchcombe, MP for Wellingborough - which includes the main Northamptonshire factories - said he intended to write to the Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt.

Some 800 jobs, out of a total of 1,000, will go at three factories in Northampton, at Wollaston, Rushden and at the company headquarters in Nene Park.


We need to have a broad-based economy

Paul Stinchcombe, MP for Wellingborough

Mr Stinchcombe said: "I desperately think we need to work hard to preserve manufacturing business.

"We need to have a broad-based economy.

"But we also have to be realistic. If we are competing in a global economy against nations that can pay their workers a penny an hour then we have to work smart."

'Very sympathetic'

A spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry said: "We are very sympathetic to the situation. Obviously we would meet MPs to talk over the situation.

"We have every sympathy with the affected workers and will work with the company to help them and the local area."

The famous Dr Martens "bovver" boot began life in Germany.

It was the brainchild of Klaus Maertens, a German soldier who hurt his foot during the Second World War and thought the remedy to pain when he walked would be an air-cushioned sole.

Bill Griggs, a chairman of English shoe-maker R Griggs and Co, acquired the world-wide rights and began production in Northamptonshire in 1960.


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