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MORAY MP WELCOMES RAF LOSSIE INVESTMENT AFTER YEARS OF CAMPAIGNING

18/07/2016  

Moray MP Angus Robertson has welcomed the news today [Monday] that Boeing are to invest 100 million pounds in an operational support and training base at RAF Lossiemouth, creating more than 100 new jobs. The investment will support the role of 9 Boeing P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which will be based at RAF Lossiemouth.

The investment follows a major community based campaign to save RAF Lossiemouth from closure and the widely criticised decision of the UK Government to scrap the Nimrod programme, which was based at nearby RAF Kinloss before its conversion to a Royal Engineers base.

Moray MP Angus Robertson who represents Lossiemouth in his Moray constituency said:

“This is really good news, which follows years of campaigning to end the gap in UK maritime patrol capability and save the Lossiemouth base from closure by the Tory government.

“It was sheer folly to scrap the Nimrod fleet without a working replacement, leaving the UK as the only northern European air force without maritime patrol aircraft.

“This gap is being closed, which is hugely welcome and thanks need to be extended to everyone who has been fighting Lossiemouth’s corner to secure this announcement.

“Alongside many others in Moray I campaigned vociferously against the base closure and against the scrapping of the Nimrods. The strategic geographical importance of RAF Lossiemouth is clear for all to see and that is being reflected with the expansion of hte base’s role.”

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