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Kate has warned that the prospect of a chaotic Brexit is putting skilled manufacturing jobs and millions of pounds of investment in the local economy at risk.

The message came as new analysis by GMB, the union for manufacturing workers, shows that the sector employs 8,000 people in Stretford and Urmston.

Manufacturing wages and other people are worth £392 million each year to the local economy.

The industry also supports a further 14,400 jobs in the wider economy, including in the supply chain.
Across the North West, manufacturing employs 352,000 people generating payments worth £15.9bn to the economy each year, and a further 585,000 jobs are supported in the wider economy.
One in five manufacturing employers plan on cutting jobs after Brexit, according to a 2018 survey.
The Bank of England recently warned that in the past months ‘investment intentions fell sharply in manufacturing, mostly due to Brexit uncertainty.’
Commenting, Kate said: “Manufacturing is a crucial part of the local economy – it is too valuable to risk throwing away through a chaotic Brexit.
“We should be investing in manufacturing, not running it down.
“That’s why Labour is the only party that will rebuild British manufacturing and taking a chaotic No Deal Brexit off the table.”
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