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Union condemns 'betrayal' over Nimrod axe.

UNION leaders have attacked the Government's controversial decision to scrap the multibillion-pound Nimrod spy planes as contractors prepared to strip the aircraft before they are dismantled for scrap metal.

The planes were seen yesterday on a site owned by BAE Systems at Woodford in Stockport, with their cockpit windows taped up, close to an area sectioned off by tarpaulin sheets, where it is believed they will be broken up.

The decision to scrap the aircraft was part of the coalition Government's defence review, which was aimed at saving pounds 2 billion in operating costs over the next decade.

Unite national officer Bernie Hamilton said: "The lunatics have taken over the asylum when the Government orders the Ministry of Defence to break-up pounds 4 billion worth of world-class defence equipment.

"The decision to scrap the Nimrod leaves a huge gap in the UK's defence capability and is a betrayal of the workers that played a part in its manufacture.

"The Government has made decisions on defence which mean legendary planes like the Lancaster used in World War Two by the Dambusters will never be built in the UK again."

Private contractors will soon begin to dismantle the Nimrods, at an estimated cost to the MoD of pounds 200 million.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2011
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