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redjet6The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, raised the announcement made on Wednesday by Red Funnel about the new Red Jet 6 vessel, which is to be built on the Island, in the House of Commons on Thursday.

Mr Turner said:

“I was pleased to catch the Speaker’s eye and take the opportunity to tell colleagues in the Commons of this exciting contract for the Island.  This is the first vessel of her kind to be built in the UK in 15 years and the contract was won in competition with shipbuilders from around the world.

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“I asked if time could be found to hold a debate on the future of the British shipbuilding industry.  I intend to pursue that to help create more employment opportunities for British shipbuilding companies and raise the profile of Island businesses.”

Chris Grayling MP, the Leader of the House of Commons responded by congratulating Island constituents for winning the contract and pointed out that he was very aware of Red Funnel’s crucial service to the Island, having travelled to the Island earlier in the year to visit Mr Turner.

He also commented that he had no doubt that Mr Turner would continue use the opportunities available to bring such issues to the attention of the House as he has done since they were both elected in 2001.

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