Statement on Aylesford Newsprint Administration


Today’s news that Aylesford Newsprint has gone into administration is absolutely devastating for the local area and the 300 employees at the site, which has been an important part of our local community for nearly 100 years. It is unclear at the moment what the implications are for Aylesford Newsprint’s customers and those associated with the site, including the local authorities who use the site for recycling purposes. While I am aware of the challenging environment the industry faces with the decline of newspaper readership and the cost of paper, I will be meeting with the Minister at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills tonight to see what support if any can be given. I will be doing absolutely all I can for those affected by this devastating news.