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Len McCluskey to pledge to stand with West Midlands manufacturing firms on visit to Cadbury factory

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite the union, will tomorrow meet with Unite members and shop stewards working for Cadbury, one of the UK’s most iconic brands.

Mr McCluskey, who is standing for re-election to the top job in Britain and Ireland’s biggest union, will pledge to ensure that one of the jewels in the West Midlands’ manufacturing crown has a strong voice in the Brexit negotiations.

And he will call again on the prime minister to engage with trade unions to develop an industrial and Brexit strategy that delivers for all manufacturing sectors in the West Midlands.

He said: “I’m really excited to be meeting Unite members at Cadbury. I am very proud that they have nominated me to continue as their general secretary and I’ll be talking with them about their jobs and what they expect from me as Unite’s general secretary in the future.

“Food manufacturing is a huge part of British industry and 75 per cent of our food exports go to the EU. Maintaining tariff-free access to the single market is vital for food businesses such as Cadbury and I will keep fighting with them to secure it.

“And I will keep banging on the door of number 10 until Theresa May agrees to work with Unite on developing an industrial and Brexit strategy that delivers for manufacturing in the West Midlands.”