AN “ANGRY” Robert Buckland has criticised the way in which Honda told employees of their decision to close the Swindon plant by 2021 - branding it a “kick in the teeth”.

Union sources said staff were shown a video message confirming the decision to close the South Marston car factory.

Robert Buckland, South Swindon MP, said: “I don’t think that’s the way you treat a quality workforce. On their behalf, I’m angry about it.”

Highlighting the representations made by the unions and ministers to the Japanese car giant, he added: “It seems they’ve confirmed their decision very, very quickly. I’m surprised and annoyed they’ve acted in this way. I feel they’re kicking their wonderful workforce in the teeth.”

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Director of Honda UK, Jason Smith, said; “It is with a heavy heart that today we confirm the closure of Honda’s factory in Swindon. We understand the impact this decision has on our associates, suppliers and the wider community. We are committed to continuing to support them throughout the next phases of the consultation process.”

In a statement, the firm blamed the decision to close the Swindon plant on changes to the global car industry.