Prime Minister visits Clyde Waterfront

17 Apr 2009

The Prime Minister and his cabinet visited the Clyde yesterday (Thursday 16th April), holding a cabinet meeting at the SECC and visiting ship building projects on the river.

Staff at BVT Surface Fleet welcomed the Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the company's facility in Govan. The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton MP and Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy MP met with graduates and apprentices who are currently developing their careers working on the Type 45 Destroyer Programme and the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

Speaking after the visit, BVT Surface Fleet's Chief Executive, Alan Johnston said; "I am delighted to welcome the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues to our facility in Govan today.

"With the strongest future order book that this industry has seen in many years and with a long term partnering agreement with the Ministry of Defence, BVT can have the confidence to make investments in our people and facilities to ensure that we can continue to serve the Royal Navy and deliver world class naval ships for many years to come."

Apprentices Scott Ballingall and Joanne McGlinchey escorted the Prime Minister on his tour of Govan. Commenting Scott said; "It's really important for me as an apprentice to have the opportunity to explain to the Prime Minister exactly what it means to have the opportunity to learn my trade on some of the most advanced ships in the world. I hope that he went away with a really positive impression of the yard and the workforce and that we showed him just how committed we are to delivering these ships."

Joanne said; "It's not every day that you get to meet the Prime Minister! Securing an apprenticeship on the Clyde was a dream come true for me and I hope the Prime Minister has seen just how important the training opportunities at BVT are for other young people like me."


  • PM Gordon Brown meets the BVT Surface Fleet's staff, image courtesy of BVT