Cllr Ann Holtom has responded to the news that Jaguar Land Rover will not now shut down their Castle Bromwich plant in Tyburn Ward, calling the decision a victory for the workforce, for Erdington and for Birmingham. Cllr Holtom said she was jubilant at the news that JLR will pump £5 billion into its three UK plants, two in the West Midlands, with the expected result that thousands of jobs have been saved and the Castle Bromwich plant itself will stay open for at least the next ten years.
Along with other Lib Dems in the region, including Solihull MP Lorely Burt in whose constituency the other JLR plant is located, Cllr Holtom campaigned to persuade the company to keep the factories going. In September 2009, Cllr Holtom wrote to the then Labour industry and business minister Peter Mandelson urging him to take up the case with the employers but she never received a reply.
Cllr Holtom acknowledged the role the Unite union had played in securing the deal which includes a 5% pay increase for this year as part of a two-year deal. She said: "The workers at Castle Bromwich and Solihull have obtained a fantastic reprieve for which we are all relieved and delighted. I am jubilant that the concerns I expressed in 2009 over the potential impact on the local economy if Castle Bromwich ceased production and the possible unemployment for already hard-pressed local families will not now come to pass."