On Thursday 21 November, the South Parade Trust is extending an invitation to any local resident or community group who has an interest in saving Hampshire’s last remaining Victorian pier, to join them on their official launch party at The Royal Beach Hotel. Entry is free and begins at 7.30pm.
This is a great opportunity to meet the trust’s team behind the bid to save the pier and discuss ideas going forward.
More information on Twitter or by liking the trust on Facebook.
So BBC Question Time is in Portsmouth this week.
Following the Government’s announcement about job loses at BAE Systems there’s no surprise the ending of shipbuilding in the city will be a hot topic.
If I get the call to participate, what sort of questions should be asked?
BAE Systems is cutting almost 1,800 jobs as it calls an end to more than 500 years of shipbuilding in Portsmouth. The shipyard will close by the end of 2015, with heavy job losses in the city. This is a political decision, and a bad decision.
The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth brings the curtain down on a centuries old industry in a city that built the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.
The defence giant announced on Wednesday morning that 940 shipbuilding jobs will be lost in Portsmouth. A further 835 jobs are to go, mostly in Glasgow, but also in Rosyth near Dunfermline and Filton near Bristol. Union leaders described the plans to cut 1,775 jobs – far more than previously expected – as “a huge blow to Britain’s manufacturing and industrial base”.
Sign the petition to help save Portsmouth’s shipbuilding industry and the jobs of so many: http://portsmouthlabourparty.org.uk/naval-dockyard-jobs-petition