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On a visit to the historic shipbuilding heartland of Govan on Friday, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will say the three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships must be built in Britain.

The UK government plans to put the £1 billion contract for the ships out to the international tender later this month and has faced union calls to reverse the decision.

Mr Corbyn is expected to accuse the Conservatives of 'trashing' the UK's shipbuilding tradition and attempting to accelerate its decline.

He is expected to say: 'Workers in British shipyards, from Plymouth to Rosyth, share a proud tradition - building the best ships in the world.

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Portsmouth Evening News

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