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Local MP demands deal for Remploy
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A Dundee MP has asked for an urgent meeting with senior ministers to ensure the city's Remploy factory gets a share of new contracts.

Jim McGovern has written to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Defence Minister Des Browne amid fears that the plant may lose out on major deals.

His bid is being supported by John McFall, MP for West Dunbartonshire.

Remploy, which has factories across the UK, had been promised a 150m order for uniforms by the Labour party.

Mr McGovern, Labour MP for Dundee West, said he had taken a keen interest in the city's factory, which employs disabled people.

It makes equipment for the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence and the Home office, including uniforms.

Public contracts

"At the Labour Party Conference this year, Remploy factories were promised orders for new clothing, including a 150m order from the military and NHS for uniforms," he said.

"I want to ensure that the Dundee factory gets its fair share of that order.

"I have been involved in on going talks with the management and the trade unions at Remploy, and they have stressed that it is absolutely essential to the continued well-being of the Remploy factories that public procurement orders be placed with them."

Currently 43 of Remploy's sites are set to be closed or merged as part of the company's modernisation plans.



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