Tuesday's announcement that Pfizer is to withdraw from East Kent has been a real shock to us all. My thoughts are with the employees, their families and the need to build a stronger future for East Kent. We are doing our very best to protect these livelihoods and I spent Saturday morning listening to the views of Pfizer employees in Deal High Street about what should happen next.
Pfizer have been retrenching for many years. The group's strategy is to focus on research that is different from the Sandwich site's expertise and they are cutting global R&D by 23%. All these things have meant their decision to withdraw from the Dover District.
Yet, as you can see, the site is excellent and modern. So too are the scientists. Our priority is to make sure the brilliance of the scientists who discovered Viagra is maintained here, in East Kent. Our aim is to see new companies invest locally and carry on the research for which our scientists are rightly famed.
What we are doing to help
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