Honda workers took to the streets to demonstrate against the planned closure of their town’s car factory.

In Swindon on Saturday Hundreds of Honda workers took to the streets to demonstrate against the planned closure of their town’s car factory.

on a protest march after the Japanese firm announced it intends to close the manufacturing plant by 2021 Thousands of people from all over the world the joined them .

According to the leading trade union Unite if the factory closes Around 3,500 people in Swindon are supposed to lose their jobs , with a knock-on impact on more than 15,000 workers in the supply chain across the UK, .

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said a Unite spokesman “The thing for us is sending a message to Honda company in Japan that this is a community that will never sit back and allow car manufacturing in the town to end,” .

“There’s a real upbeat atmosphere and people are firmly in the belief that there should be an alternative and the plant can stay open.”

Handout photo issued by Unite South West of workers from the Honda plant in Swindon during a protest march through the town as the car giant will be urged to change its decision to close its UK plant during the protest.

Pro-Brexit protesters outside Westminster as MPs voted on a Government motion on the EU withdrawal

during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace England football captain Harry Kane is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge

as it is unveiled at the JD Malay Gallery in Mayfair, London Gallery staff give a final dusting to the ‘Olympe’ sculpture by Aspen crow, modeled on Cara Delevingne and an interpretation of Medusa,

PD Marci with handler PC Neil Billany, PD Kai with handler PC Jean Pearce, PD Bruno with handler Rob Smith, PD Delta with handler PC Mark Snoxhall, PDSA vet Rosamund Ford, and PD Dave with handler PC Andy Salter at Borough market in London where the dogs were honored with the PDSA Order of Merit during the 2017 for helping emergency services London terror attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Borough Market

For a cabinet meeting Britain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox arrives in Downing street, London . British Prime Minister Theresa May will today chair a possibility volatile meeting of her cabinet amid reports of an attempted coup by colleagues over her handling of Brexit.

left by anti-Brexit campaigners after they took part in the People’s Vote March Workers remove off stickers left on the Cabinet Office door on Whitehall, London,

opponent take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall in London. from Park Lane to Parliament Square calling for a public vote on the Governments final Brexit deal thousands of protesters gathered for the march

After meeting with EU leaders in Brussels Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a news briefing

In Birmingham on Albert Road The mosque and community centre here a police forensic team are at work after it had its windows smashed with a sledgehammer. after four mosques in the Birmingham area were attacked overnight An investigation involving counter-terrorism officers has been launched.

Gallery technicians install Edvard Munch’s The Scream at the British Museum in London, ahead of the opening of Edvard Munch: love and angst exhibition, which runs from 11 April to 21 July

The ‘tall ship’ Near Whitley Bay in Tyne William II passes a wind turbine as it sails along the north east coast and Wear after it set off from Blyth in North umber land on a voyage round the coastline of Great Britain calling at 10 ports en route and changing crews at each stage. to recapture the spirit of adventure that was employed in the town to discover the Antarctic 200 years ago The Blyth Tall Ship project is a charity working alongside Blyth community volunteers and the turbine is part of a pilot field operated by EDF off Blyth which uses concrete float-and-submerge foundations

Messenger, the largest bronze cast sculpture in the UK, arrives in Plymouth Sound by barge as it makes its way to be installed outside Theater Royal Plymouth, Devon

Flooding in Silsdend, Yorkshire. Heavy rain has caused extensive flooding all over the country. Flood warnings remain in place across the UK

Police at the scene in Fulham, west London where a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death this morning. The Metropolitan Police said it was called “to reports of a fight in progress” by ambulance crews and arrived on the place at about 12.27am. The criminal was found with skewer wounds and died at the place at 12.56am without being affected by attempts by paramedics and members of the public to save his life

Schoolchildren gather around Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace as they take part in a student climate protest in London. Thousands of pupils from schools, colleges and universities across the UK will walk out in the second major strike against climate change this year. Young people nationwide are calling on the Government to declare a climate emergency and take action. Similar strikes are taking place around the world today including in Japan and Australia, inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who criticised world leaders at a United Nations climate conference

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Families of those killed during Bloody Sunday march through Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Public Prosecution Service announced only one former British soldier is to be put on trial in connection with his role in the shootings that left 13 people dead in Derry on 30 January 1972. Families of those killed gathered outside The Museum of Free Derry, yards from where the killings took place, before marching to the city centre hotel to hear the announcement

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street as he heads to the House of Commons, to deliver his Spring Statement. He announced he was slashing the UK growth forecast and warned no-deal Brexit will destroy pledge to end austerity

The campaign for the Big Bang competition, which is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) for young people in the UK has been created to help highlight how the eight million tonnes of plastic dumped in the world’s oceans every year affects marine life

British Synchronized swimmers Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe, attempting to recreate their World Championship routine in a pool filled with plastic for The Big Bang Fair challenge, opening this week at the NEC Birmingham. PA

Snow surrounds the Tan Hill pub in North Yorkshire
protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London A man feeds food to dogs during the ‘Brexit Dogs Dinner’

Protesters from the climate change pressure group Extinction Rebellion demonstrate by pouring fake blood onto the street outside Downing Street in London

On the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham A woman runs with her Condor dog as it is judged in a show ring

Scaffolding which has blown down in strong winds in Hampstead, north London

after the building was evacuated when a suspect package was found in the m Police and bomb disposal services outside the University of Glasgow ailroom

Police officers secure the scene where a suspicious package was found near Waterloo railway station. Other packages were also found at Heath row Airport and London City Airport, with the police saying they were bombs. Counterterror officers are investigating the three devices as linked following a series of evacuations. One of the packages opened by office staff at Heathrow Airport burst into flames. Scotland Yard did not rule out the existence of other bombs. “The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices,” a spokesperson said. “These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened. “The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives.”

as the remains of Storm Freya, which has battered Britain with gales, heavy rain and snow causes widespread travel disruption aLarge waves crash over the sea walls at Cleveland near Blackpool,

Christopher Hepworth with partner Tanisha Prince (right) on their way to victory in the annual UK Wife Carrying Race at The Nower in Dorking, Surrey

Police were called to reports of a knife attack in the Romford area by the ambulance service at 9.25pm ,Police officers search near the scene on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, east London following the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl on Friday night.The girl was declared dead at the place just within an hour later. Her next of kin have been informed and investigator from the Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation

at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Niamh Emerson celebrate after winning gold and silver medals in the women’s pentathlon

The 400-year-old canvas — depicting the beheading of an Assyrian general, Holofernes, by Judith from the biblical Book of Judith — was found in 2014 when the owners of a house near the southwestern city of Toulouse in France, were investigating a leak in the ceiling. It is a burst of violence painted in haunting tones by a Renaissance master worth at least $100 million — or yet another fake distressing the art world A painting, believed to be the second version of “Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, is picutred during a photo call in London following its restoration. – .

More than 1.5sq km of Saddleworth Moor was ablaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the UK’s hottest winter day on record Dozens of firefighters worked through the night to battle a major moorland blaze in West Yorkshire.

Alastair Cook after he received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park during unseasonably warm weather Nobody cools down the polar bear . The park was covered in a blanket of snow at the end of February 2018 as the UK was hit by sub-zero temperatures. Forecasters have said that after this weekend’s warm weather, temperatures later this week should return to normal

Olivia Colman won the best actress in a leading role award for ‘The Favourite’ at the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson seen on the big screen as he addresses a protest over the BBC’s Panorama programme outside the BBC in MediaCityUK, Salford

A girl takes a photo of her dog with daffodils in St James’s Park in London

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Departing the European Union Keir Starmer leave a meeting with European Union Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes, (middle row, left to right) Angela Smith, Luciana Berger and Ann Coffey, (front row, left to right) Sarah Woollaston, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Joan Ryan, following a press conference for the Independent Group where the three Conservative MPs, Woollaston, Allen and Soubry, announced their resignation from the party

A full moon sets near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside as the sun begins to rise, ahead of the super snow moon on Tuesday evening

MP Chuka Umunna speaks during the announcement of his resignation, along with a group of six other Labour MPs, including, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker and who will be known as the Independent Group

Climate change activists block the road as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest outside a London Fashion Week event at Tate Britain in London, calling on the fashion industry to use its influence to help to create a sustainable world.

Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest over BP and Iraq at the British Museum in London, Britain

Schoolchildren take part in a student climate march in Parliament Square in London. Thousands of UK pupils from schools, colleges and universities will walk out for a nationwide climate change strike. Students in 60 cities from the West Country to Scotland are protesting, urging the government to declare a climate emergency and take action over the problem. They are keen that the national curriculum is reformed and the environmental crisis is communicated to the public. Similar strikes have taken place in Australia and in European countries such as Belgium and Sweden

A lady enjoys the beach in sunshine in Brighton, East Sussex. The Met Office forecast said Thursday and Friday would see early fog patches followed by plenty of sunshine

Jockeys compete in the space hopper derby during the Injured Jockeys Fund Charity Raceday at Plumpton Racecourse

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Young members of Britain’s opposition Labour party write on a billboard why they want Jeremy Corbyn the party leader to back a “People’s Vote” second referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, during a publicity stunt in Islington North, Corbyn’s north London constituency. The event was organized Tuesday by “For our Future’s Sake” (FFS), a nationwide group of students and young people working to stop Brexit, with the billboard provided by “Led By Donkeys” a remain supporting group using online crowd funding to pay for billboard space to put up posters highlighting quotes on Brexit made by politicians and organizations.

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48/50 11 February 2019

Western lowland gorilla Kera, opens presents intended for her daughter Afia, in celebration of her third birthday at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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Olivia Colman with her Bafta award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘The Favourite’ at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall. The Favourite took home seven awards during the night

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Dwain Chambers made his sprint comeback in the 60m event at the British Indoor Championships. The 40-year-old came in second during his heat with a time of 6.78 however after a false start and a disqualification in the semi-final he failed to progress any further. The qualifying time for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Glasgow is 6.60 seconds

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Handout photo issued by Unite South West of workers from the Honda plant in Swindon during a protest march through the town as the car giant will be urged to reverse its decision to close its UK plant during the protest.

Pro-Brexit protesters outside Westminster as MPs voted on a Government motion on the EU withdrawal

England football captain Harry Kane is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Gallery staff give a final dusting to the ‘Olympe’ sculpture by Aspencrow, modelled on Cara Delevingne and an interpretation of Medusa, as it is unveiled at the JD Malay Gallery in Mayfair, London

PD Marci with handler PC Neil Billany, PD Kai with handler PC Jean Pearce, PD Bruno with handler Rob Smith, PD Delta with handler PC Mark Snoxhall, PDSA vet Rosamund Ford, and PD Dave with handler PC Andy Salter at Borough market in London where the dogs were honoured with the PDSA Order of Merit for helping emergency services during the 2017 London terror attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Borough Market

Britain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox arrives in Downing street, London for a cabinet meeting. British Prime Minister Theresa May will today chair a potentially volatile meeting of her cabinet amid reports of an attempted coup by colleagues over her handling of Brexit.

Workers peeling off stickers left on the Cabinet Office door on Whitehall, London, left by anti-Brexit campaigners after they took part in the People’s Vote March

Protesters take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall in London. Thousands of protesters gathered for the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square calling for a public vote on the Governments final Brexit deal

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a news briefing after meeting with EU leaders in Brussels
The mosque and community centre on Albert Road in Birmingham where a police forensic team are at work after it had its windows smashed with a sledgehammer. An investigation involving counter-terrorism officers has been launched after four mosques in the Birmingham area were attacked overnight
Gallery technicians install Edvard Munch’s The Scream at the British Museum in London, ahead of the opening of Edvard Munch: love and angst exhibition, which runs from 11 April to 21 July

The ‘tall ship’ William II passes a wind turbine as it sails along the north east coast near Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear after it set off from Blyth in Northumberland on a voyage round the coastline of Great Britain calling at 10 ports en route and changing crews at each stage. The Blyth Tall Ship project is a charity working alongside Blyth community volunteers to recapture the spirit of adventure that was employed in the town to discover the Antarctic 200 years ago and the turbine is part of a pilot field operated by EDF off Blyth which uses concrete float-and-submerge foundations

Messenger, the largest bronze cast sculpture in the UK, arrives in Plymouth Sound by barge as it makes its way to be installed outside Theater Royal Plymouth, Devon

Flooding in Silsdend, Yorkshire. Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding across the country. Flood warnings remain in place across the UK

Police at the scene in Fulham, west London where a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death this morning. The Metropolitan Police said it was called “to reports of a fight in progress” by ambulance crews and arrived on the scene at about 12.27am. The victim was found with stab wounds and died at the scene at 12.56am despite attempts by paramedics and members of the public to save his life

Schoolchildren gather around Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace as they take part in a student climate protest in London. Thousands of pupils from schools, colleges and universities across the UK will walk out in the second major strike against climate change this year. Young people nationwide are calling on the Government to declare a climate emergency and take action. Similar strikes are taking place around the world today including in Japan and Australia, inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who criticised world leaders at a United Nations climate conference

Families of those killed during Bloody Sunday march through Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Public Prosecution Service announced only one former British soldier is to be put on trial in connection with his role in the shootings that left 13 people dead in Derry on 30 January 1972. Families of those killed gathered outside The Museum of Free Derry, yards from where the killings took place, before marching to the city centre hotel to hear the announcement

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street as he heads to the House of Commons, to deliver his Spring Statement. He announced he was slashing the UK growth forecast and warned no-deal Brexit will destroy pledge to end austerity
British Synchronised swimmers Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe, attempting to recreate their World Championship routine in a pool filled with plastic for The Big Bang Fair challenge, opening this week at the NEC Birmingham. The campaign for the Big Bang competition, which is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) for young people in the UK has been created to help highlight how the eight million tonnes of plastic dumped in the world’s oceans every year affects marine life

Snow surrounds the Tan Hill pub in North Yorkshire

A man feeds food to dogs during the ‘Brexit Dogs Dinner’ protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Protesters from the climate change pressure group Extinction Rebellion demonstrate by pouring fake blood onto the street outside Downing Street in London
A woman runs with her Komondor dog as it is judged in a show ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham

Scaffolding which has blown down in strong winds in Hampstead, north London
Police and bomb disposal services outside the University of Glasgow after the building was evacuated when a suspect package was found in the mailroom

Police officers secure the scene where a suspicious package was found near Waterloo railway station. Other packages were also found at Heathrow Airport and London City Airport, with the police saying they were bombs. Counterterror officers are investigating the three devices as linked following a series of evacuations. One of the packages opened by office staff at Heathrow Airport burst into flames. Scotland Yard did not rule out the existence of other bombs. “The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices,” a spokesperson said. “These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened. “The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives.”

Large waves crash over the sea walls at Cleveleys near Blackpool, as the remains of Storm Freya, which has battered Britain with gales, heavy rain and snow causes widespread travel disruption

Christopher Hepworth with partner Tanisha Prince (right) on their way to victory in the annual UK Wife Carrying Race at The Nower in Dorking, Surrey

Police officers search near the scene on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, east London following the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl on Friday night. Police were called to reports of a knife attack in the Romford area by the ambulance service at 9.25pm. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene just over an hour later. Her next of kin have been informed and detectives from the Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation

Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Niamh Emerson celebrate after winning gold and silver medals in the women’s pentathlon at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow
A painting, believed to be the second version of “Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, is picutred during a photocall in London following its restoration. – The 400-year-old canvas — depicting the beheading of an Assyrian general, Holofernes, by Judith from the biblical Book of Judith — was found in 2014 when the owners of a house near the southwestern city of Toulouse in France, were investigating a leak in the ceiling. It is a burst of violence painted in haunting tones by a Renaissance master worth at least $100 million — or yet another fake distressing the art world.

Dozens of firefighters worked through the night to battle a major moorland blaze in West Yorkshire. More than 1.5sq km of Saddleworth Moor was ablaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the UK’s hottest winter day on record
Alastair Cook after he received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

Nobby the polar bear cools down at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park during unseasonably warm weather. The park was covered in a blanket of snow at the end of February 2018 as the UK was hit by sub-zero temperatures. Forecasters have said that after this weekend’s warm weather, temperatures later this week should return to normal

Olivia Colman won the best actress in a leading role award for ‘The Favourite’ at the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson seen on the big screen as he addresses a protest over the BBC’s Panorama programme outside the BBC in MediaCityUK, Salford

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A girl takes a photo of her dog with daffodils in St James’s Park in London

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Departing the European Union Keir Starmer leave a meeting with European Union Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes, (middle row, left to right) Angela Smith, Luciana Berger and Ann Coffey, (front row, left to right) Sarah Woollaston, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Joan Ryan, following a press conference for the Independent Group where the three Conservative MPs, Woollaston, Allen and Soubry, announced their resignation from the party

A full moon sets near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside as the sun begins to rise, ahead of the super snow moon on Tuesday evening

MP Chuka Umunna speaks during the announcement of his resignation, along with a group of six other Labour MPs, including, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker and who will be known as the Independent Group

Climate change activists block the road as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest outside a London Fashion Week event at Tate Britain in London, calling on the fashion industry to use its influence to help to create a sustainable world.

Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest over BP and Iraq at the British Museum in London, Britain

Schoolchildren take part in a student climate march in Parliament Square in London. Thousands of UK pupils from schools, colleges and universities will walk out for a nationwide climate change strike. Students in 60 cities from the West Country to Scotland are protesting, urging the government to declare a climate emergency and take action over the problem. They are keen that the national curriculum is reformed and the environmental crisis is communicated to the public. Similar strikes have taken place in Australia and in European countries such as Belgium and Sweden

A lady enjoys the beach in sunshine in Brighton, East Sussex. The Met Office forecast said Thursday and Friday would see early fog patches followed by plenty of sunshine

Jockeys compete in the space hopper derby during the Injured Jockeys Fund Charity Raceday at Plumpton Racecourse

Young members of Britain’s opposition Labour party write on a billboard why they want Jeremy Corbyn the party leader to back a “People’s Vote” second referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, during a publicity stunt in Islington North, Corbyn’s north London constituency. The event was organized Tuesday by “For our Future’s Sake” (FFS), a nationwide group of students and young people working to stop Brexit, with the billboard provided by “Led By Donkeys” a remain supporting group using online crowd funding to pay for billboard space to put up posters highlighting quotes on Brexit made by politicians and organizations.

in celebration of her third birthday at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Western lowland gorilla Kera, opens presents intended for her daughter Afia,
at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall Olivia Colman with her Bafta award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘The Favourite’. The Favorite took home seven awards during the night

at the British Indoor Championships Dwain Chambers made his sprint comeback in the 60m event. The 40-year-old came in second during his heat with a time of 6.78 however after a wrong start and a elimination in the semi-final he didn’t try for progress any further. The qualifying time in Glasgow is 6.60 seconds
for next month’s European Indoor Championships
A spokesman for Honda said the company recognized it was an “discompose time” for employees in Swindon. But he also said “it is not appropriate to pre-empt the outcome” of different proposals under consideration.

When the company announced the proposed closure in February it said the move came as part of efforts to increase production of electric cars.

General secretary of Unite Len McCluskey,, said the manner in which workers found out about the planned closure was “nothing short of disgraceful”.

Addressing protesters on Saturday, he said: “For nearly 35 years this world-class workforce has delivered a fantastic profit and significant profitability for this company We’ve got no purpose of allowing this company to close our plant. .

“We have strong viable alternatives to put to the company and I’m pleased to say Greg Clark the Secretary of State (for business)has committed his support to the alternatives.

Mr McCluskey said “to meet the highest individuals in Honda and press them once again to keep the plant open” union officials would be travelling to Japan with government representatives .

Shadow business assistant Rebecca Long-Bailey also spoke preceding to the march and said Labour would desire the government to support an electric vehicle and green fuel market in the UK.

In early March Honda employees period rally against planned closure of Swindon plant outside Parliament (Reuters)

James&Lenih an, partner at Thompson Solicitors in Bristol, which acts at Honda’s Swindon plant, attended Saturday’s march and described the turnout as “fantastic” on behalf of Unite members .

He said: “ To keep the UK at the forefront of advance manufacturing People have traveled for miles to be here today, all with the same message. Save the jobs, save the supply chain and .

“There is everything for them to lose and nothing for them to gain,We have seen the impact of closures and what it does to the local communities, time and time again. .”

A Honda spokesman said: “We recognise this is an unsettling time for our associates and the local community. We are discussing on this offer with our associates and their representatives. It is not appropriate to pre-empt the outcome of this consultation or comment on its activities.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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