Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Hard Hats down at McNulty's

Yesterday, I was accompanied by Martin Callanan MEP to visit McNulty’s Shipyard on Commercial Road, South Shields. McMulty’s is one of the largest private sector employers in the town. Sasha Keyworth, the yard’s Health and Safety Manager kindly gave me and Martin a tour of the yard.

The vastness of the yard and the extent of the work going on there is reassuring, particularly in light of recent contract disappointments. McMulty’s Yard lost out on two large contracts recently, first the £2bn MOD aircraft carrier contract, which was sent up to the Clyde and then just last week the £300m SeaDragon Contract which has gone to Singapore.

Standing on the docks of the Tyne yesterday morning we also witnessed a piece of history. The red cranes from Swan Hunter’s shipyard were being prepared for shipping off to India, where they will undertake new contracts in Indian Shipyards. It was all a bit sad really.

I hope very much the optimism and hard work of the 500 workers currently employed at McNulty’s is rewarded with new contracts. We have skilled workers on the Tyne and in addition to the wealth of experience in the town, we have young people leaving school and college in the hope of finding an apprenticeship. Securing new work at McNulty’s would provide future job security for hundreds of our youngsters and this is so important for the future of the town’s workforce and prosperity.


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