Mr Shapps, the MP for Welwyn Hatfield, was informed of Ocado’s decision to close one of its oldest facilities in the constituency. He commented:

“Ocado has been an important employer in the area for many years, so I am shocked at today’s news. I will be speaking to the company today to better understand their next steps. I am encouraged by Ocado’s expectation of retaining a large proportion of Hatfield staff within their wider network and with the global headquarters remaining in Hatfield.”

Mr Shapps continued by offering his support to the affected employees and constituents stating that:

“I will be working with the company and constituents to ensure impacted employees have the support they need to stay at Ocado or find new work locally.”

Mr Shapps will be meeting with members of the company today to discuss what support he and the company can provide to those impacted.