Staff at Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) based in my constituency are facing up to 80 redundancies this Christmas after the company was forced to suspend its largest order to date, as a result of it being denied an export licence in the wake of EU sanctions against Russia.

I am in regular touch with both the management and the workforce and I have contacted the Minister’s office and asked for an urgent meeting in respect of this matter.

My constituent, and a staff member at SMD, has filed a Government e-petition calling on the Export Control Organisation to reconsider this Export Licence decision, and asks if people would like to add their name.

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