Members of Swindon Council from across the political spectrum will urge the government to help families affected by the announced closure of the Honda plant.

A motion will be put at the full council meeting tonight by Conservative cabinet member Coun Dale Heenan and seconded by leader of the Labour group Coun Jim Grant and leader of the Lib Dem group, Coun Stan Pajak.

It will ask Coun David Renard, leader of the council, to write to prime minister Theresa May "requesting that she provides sufficient financial assistance to support affected families and businesses in order to protect the local economy, support businesses, and meet unexpected costs in recognition of the exceptional response and recovery effort that will be needed following the departure of Honda."

It asks for a report to be drawn up outlining the council's response in the short, medium and long-term; how the council will work with Honda, the government, and the local enterprise partnership to ensure the necessary training and help is available for workers to secure new jobs; and for a cross-party task group to be set up to assess how the council can help.

The meeting starts at 7pm.