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British MP seeks meeting with Ratan Tata over Jaguar issue

British MP seeks meeting with Ratan Tata over Jaguar issue
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First Published: Sun, Sep 27 2009. 09 25 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Sep 27 2009. 09 25 PM IST
London: Describing the decision of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to close a factory in UK as a “bad judgement”, a British MP on Sunday sought a meeting with its owner Ratan Tata.
Mike O’Brien, Labour Party MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, said that he wanted to speak to Tata chief Ratan Tata himself about what he described as the firm’s “bad judgement”.
“I want to meet with at least the Jaguar Land Rover people in the UK and hopefully with Ratan Tata, O’Brien was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“I think he needs to come back to the UK and talk to MPs about the concerns in the West Midlands about these decisions,” he said, adding “I think Jaguar Land Rover have made a bad judgement”.
JLR Thursday announced its plan to close one of its factories in Britain but said this would result in no net job losses across its bases in the UK.
It has planned to shut either its Solihull or Castle Bromwich plant and will also close its veneer factory in Coventry. But the firm has said it will create 800 new jobs at its Merseyside plant, the news channel said.
Jaguar Land Rover currently employs about 5,000 workers in Solihull, 2,000 in Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham, and 1,800 at Halewood, in Merseyside.
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First Published: Sun, Sep 27 2009. 09 25 PM IST