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Business Secretary Agrees To Meet Ulverston GSK Taskforce

The business secretary is to meet the taskforce which is working to secure the long term future of manufacturing at the Ulverston GSK site.

Business secretary Greg Clark has agreed to meet the taskforce, set up by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, in the wake of the decision by GSK to review its business in Ulverston.

The community was left shell shocked when news emerged that GSK planned to sell the North Lonsdale Road plant.

Mr Clark made the commitment in the House of Commons today as he opened the final day of the debate on the budget.

The agreement will come as a boost to local groups who have been working hard to secure the long term future of the Ulverston site.

Mr Woodcock said: “The taskforce I have set up to help look for a solution to the situation at GSK in Ulverston is working well together but we need the government to work with us and play a role in resolving the situation in a way that protects jobs and brings in new investment.

“I am pleased the secretary of state has agreed to meet the taskforce to see what the government can do and I will be making the case for investment in Ulverston as part of the wider industrial strategy for life sciences."

The third meeting of the taskforce was held this month and at the time Mr Woodcock said "significant progress" had been made by all parties in securing a long term future of pharmaceuticals manufacturing at the Ulverston site.

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