Fantastic morning visiting Goodwin, a major defence firm in Stoke, with Lord George Robertson, the former General Secretary of NATO.
Stoke-on-Trent has a proud history of contributing to our national defence, from the strength of the local manufacturing sector to those who fought for our country.
27,500 people are employed in the West Midlands in the aerospace, defence, security, and space sectors. The Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Group estimate that companies in these sectors across the region generate £5 billion in turnover each year.
I will always fight to protect good quality local defence jobs as part of my pledge to stand up for jobs and investment in the Potteries.
The people of Stoke-on-Trent have done so much for our country during military conflicts and we must always recognise and remember the sacrifice of those who serve. As your MP, I will defend the right of Armed Forces personnel and veterans to get the mental and physical health support from the NHS that they deserve.