Chloe Smith MP statement following Unilever's announcement

Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, has made the following statement concerning the announcement made by Unilever:

"Today's announcement that Unilever will close their Norwich factory is bitterly disappointing. Together with Britvic's decision, this is a real blow for a large number of employees, and a distressing day for Norwich. I am deeply saddened on behalf of constituents affected.

"I have assurances that there will be rapid help on hand through the Jobcentre for those who will now be looking for work. This service has successfully helped others facing redundancy in the past in Norfolk.

"In addition to that support, senior figures in Government have stood with us throughout the last few months to try to keep these historic brands in Norwich. The grassroots campaign has been a credit to the city and that has its reward in that the Colman's brand will remain in Norwich and the supply chain may remain in place.

"I am fundamentally disappointed that neither of these companies have chosen to keep the bulk of their operations in Norwich. My first thoughts are with those constituents who may lose their jobs; my focus for the longer term will be that major employers should continue to see Norwich as a great place to be."