Derby Unites: Bombardier

6 August 2011, 08:40 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Football stars in Derby will join a campaign later to save 1400 jobs at the locally-based train maker Bombardier.

'Save Our Rail Industry' t-shirts will be worn by Rams players ahead of their game against Birmingham.

It comes after the Government decided to award a 1-point-4 billion pound deal to German company Siemens, over Bombardier in Derby.

Vince Cable, the Government's man in charge of helping businesses, met with bosses at Bombardier earlier this week to try and persuade them to stay in the UK.

Derby's Chris Riggott has a brother who works at Bombardier.

Derby boss Nigel Clough on Bombardier.

Mounting Support

The Tory council leader for Derby City has written to the Prime Minister warning him if he doesnt overturn a decision not to give a contract to Bombardier, he'll lose voters at the next election.

A Department for Transport spokesman said:

"This Government strongly supports British manufacturing. However, the Thameslink procurement was set up and designed by the previous Government and we are legally bound by the criteria set out at the beginning of that process."