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Daily joins workers to urge Cameron to save jobs

A campaign launched by a regional newspaper has reached Number 10.

The Hull Daily Mail launched its Battle for Brough campaign in September after BAE’s huge aircraft manufacturing plant announced plans to make about 3,000 workers redundant across the UK, including 899 at Brough.

On Wednesday business editor Catherine Lea joined 100 workers to meet David Cameron at Downing Street to lobby for their jobs.

That day’s edition of the paper featured a double page spread with 300 mug-shot images of those set to lose their jobs at the plant.

The photographs took a total of 11 hours to scan and then set on the page.

The paper has previously featured a group shot of all the workers set to be affected by the jobs cull.

Following the meeting the PM said he would make sure everything possible was done to help those affected.

Jamie Macaskill, Hull Daily Mail assistant editor, said: “t’s easy to think all you have to do is throw ‘900 redundancies’ into a headline and people will feel the impact. But it is the human cost of a redundancy programme like this which is the real story and I hope these pages reflect that.”

The paper's double page spread depicting 300 workers set to lose their jobs

The pictures were taken from two volumes the workers delegation had put together to show the Government the human cost of the redundancies.

The photographs of hundreds of workers were handed to David Cameron and were accompanied by testimonies from them and their families about the devastating impact job cuts will have on their lives.

The Prime Minister promised workers he would look at the books and photographs.

Ian Gent, full-time staffs union convenor at BAE Systems, said: “We all got the impression that he meant it.”

Earlier this year the Mail broke the story of BAE’s plans to close its Hawk trainer manufacturing base at Brough while bidding to build Hawks in America.

Said Mr Cameron: “Across Government, we are working hard to support BAE’s exports efforts, which help retain high-value skills and expertise in the UK.”