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June 30, 2011

Derby Telegraph editor lobbies to save thousands of local jobs

By Myriam Dijck

lost a vital government deal worth £1.4 billion to build carriages for the Thameslink service in London to German company Siemens – a decision Derby Telegraph editor Steve Hall described as an ‘outrage”.

Hall is now part of five-strong delegation, including the Derby plant’s chief executive and Derby’s council leader, that will hand deliver a letter to Bombardier’s top bosses tomorrow.

Losing the deal to Siemens means Bombardier was left with a contract gap in 2012, and shortly after the announcement was made the firm undertook a review of its entire UK operation which puts 3,000 jobs at the plant under threat.

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The Government said the Siemens deal was better value for money but later admitted it had not considered the economic impact of widespread job losses in the region.

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