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Council to lobby MPs over Marconi
Unions said the move was a cost-cutting exercise
Coventry City Council is to lobby the government to prevent further job losses in the city after Marconi announced it is to lose 450 staff.

The telecommunications company is to cut 800 jobs across the UK, blaming the losses on its failure to win a part of a 10bn deal with BT.

City council leader Ken Taylor said the authority would help minimise the impact of the redundancies.

Marconi has sites in Liverpool, Basildon, and Beeston near Nottingham.

Unions have accused Marconi of using its failure to secure the BT deal as an excuse to cut jobs in Coventry.

Peter Skyte, national officer of the Amicus union, said the move was a cost-cutting exercise and that the Coventry closure had nothing to do with the lost BT contract.

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