New 4×4 contract ‘won’t secure Ford jobs’

adviser to a cross-party group Image copyright PA Image caption Prof David Bailey concludes Ford in Bridgend is one of the UK car bushes most vulnerable to a no-deal Brexit

Winning a contract to build a new 4×4 has not been able to procure all the jobs at risk at Ford Bridgend, according to one of the UK’s leading automotive industry experts.

A decision is imminent for purposes of determining whether Ineos Automotive will construct its brand-new off-road vehicle in Portugal or Bridgend – where 1,000 responsibilities by 2021 are under threat.

But Aston University’s Prof David Bailey said the contract would create no more than a few hundred responsibilities.

Ford has been asked for the following statement.

Prof Bailey, who has written extensively on car industry programme and strategy and has acted as a special an adviser to a cross-party group of MPs, said Ineos’s plan was recognized by some as a “vanity project”.

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