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‘Keep Aston Martin in UK’, says T&G

The Transport and General Worker’s Union has asked MPs surrounding Aston Martin’s UK sites to discuss the impact of moving production from the UK.

Ford, Aston Martin’s parent company, put its sports brand on sale in September. The T&G has pre-empted that a sale could mean a move in production from the manufacturer’s bases in Newport Pagnell and Gaydon to outside the UK.

The union hopes representatives for Newport Pagnell, Gaydon and Milton Keynes constituencies will rally support to keep Aston Martin in the UK if a sale of the brand is completed.

The luxury sports brand employs over 1,600 workers in the UK, 1,000 of which are production jobs.

Luxury goods group LVMH and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, the Belgian investment company have been rumoured to have made a joint bid for Aston Martin. Analysts have valued the sale at approximately £1 billion.

"Aston Martin is a profitable business so there is every reason to believe that the UK can and will remain the production base for the luxury sports cars," said Dave Osborne, T&G national secretary for the car industry.

"We will be pressing both Aston Martin and Ford to make sure they keep manufacturing in the UK. We also want to talk about the future of Newport Pagnall and manufacturing. It is an important and iconic site."

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