It is undoubtedly good news that at least some jobs are to be safeguarded at Murco in Milford Haven. I hope this deal offers a future for those still working on site and that the job numbers described by Puma are real and long term.
Unfortunately though, there can be no doubt that the end of Refining in Milford Haven, together with the well paid and secure jobs lost, has been a hammer blow for the local economy. Hundreds of people, including my brother, lost their jobs just before Christmas and delivering alternative, well paid employment in Pembrokeshire has to be the absolute priority and focus for decision makers in the coming months and years. This is why it is at the heart of my plan for Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire can’t just be a nice place to visit, it has to be a great place to live and work too. Nothing is more important for maintaining vibrant communities than ensuring people can earn a living and can support their families here in Pembrokeshire.
You can read my report on the Murco refinary closure from back in November here.