Derby MEP Derek Clark says the Government must act on Bombardier

Published: Tue Aug 30 2011

Derby MEP Derek Clark has again called on the Government to re-think a controversial move which has cost 1,400 jobs in the city.

Hopes were today raised Bombardier, which recently lost out to Germany on the Thameslink contract, could yet win a £1 billion order for the cross-London Crossrail scheme.

The Government was slammed after awarding the Thameslink contract to Siemens of Germany rather than Derby-based Bombardier.

Ministers revealed yesterday the Government was set to review the EU procurement rules and a decision on Crossrail - for which Bombardier and Siemens are among the bidders - would be put back from 2013 to 2014.

Mr Clark said: "This is either a very obvious PR exercise by the Government or it offers a very real opportunity for the Government to look again at the Thameslink contract.

"If the Government can defer a decision on Crossrail to look at the procurement process then it can look again at the Thameslink decision which has hit Derby so hard.

"I demand a re-think and will continue to demand action is taken which benefits British companies and British workers.

"The Government should now look again at the contract which was handed to Siemens and give hope to families in Derby. This decision to defer the Crossrail contract proves they know they got it wrong in the first place!"
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