Sup­port for de­bate on Red Ar­rows’ fu­ture

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Calls to de­bate the Red Ar­rows’ fu­ture, amid long-term con­cerns about the dis­play team, have been backed by Com­mons leader An­drea Lead­som.

Labour for­mer min­is­ter Diana John­son pressed the Govern­ment to of­fer as­sur­ances about the Royal Air Force aer­o­batic team af­ter BAE Sys­tems an­nounced plans to cut al­most 2,000 jobs.

Speak­ing in the Com­mons, Ms John­son, Kingston upon Hull North, told Ms Lead­som: “The Hawk Train­ers used by the Red Ar­rows and built at Brough, just out­side Hull, have been due to go out of ser­vice in 2020 as the (then) prime min­is­ter David Cameron said in 2014 and as the (for­mer) lead pi­lot, Squadron Leader Jim Turner, said that the jets would need to be re­placed in 2018.

“So I think this is timely, in light of the an­nounce­ment from BAE Sys­tems this week, that we have this dis­cus­sion about the fu­ture of the Red Ar­rows.”

Ms Lead­som replied: “I think it’s a fan­tas­tic sight and they do a bril­liant job, so I would ab­so­lutely sup­port the hon­ourable lady and I’m sure she could speak to (Back­bench Busi­ness Com­mit­tee chair­man Ian Mearns).”

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