t: 01904 784847 e: julian.sturdy.mp@parliament.uk
Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

Latest News & Campaigns

Julian joins Lobular Moon Shot Project

Julian joins Lobular Moon Shot Project

Julian has joined over one-hundred Members of Parliament backing the Lobular Moon Shot Project to improve research funding into lobular breast cancer. Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer (ILC) is the 2nd most common type of breast cancer. 3.75 million people will be diagnosed with this cancer in the next 10 years, yet ILC currently has no specific treatment and behaves

Julian unites with Cancer Research UK

Julian marked World Cancer Day at a special Cancer Research UK event at Westminster...

Julian supports deposit return scheme to keep York tidy

Julian attended a parliamentary drop-in session to discuss hosted by “Reloop” and “Keep Britain...

Julian writes to FCA urging better protection for village banking services

Julian joined 56 other Members of Parliament in penning a letter to the Chief...

Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

July 17, 2019

I have today contacted local business the Shepherd Group, Portastor’s parent company, to request a meeting on the planned closure of this firm, so I can receive a detailed update on what this means for Portastor employees, and see if there is anything I can do to assist them at this difficult time.

Portastor currently employs 75 people, and Shepherd Group have informed me that they are beginning consultation with the workforce today on how to handle the winding up of the business.

They have told me this restructuring follows recent attempts to sell the company, and that the operations of the larger Portakabin business, based in York, will continue unaffected.

I would expect Shepherd Group to keep any redundancies to a minimum, and both look seriously at finding jobs in other parts of their business for as many Portastor workers as possible, and take urgent steps to minimise the impact of the closure on affected employees and their families.

The closure of Portastor is a disappointment given the prosperity of York’s overall economy, with unemployment locally well below the national average, and the sustained success of Portakabin within the Shepherd Group, as a world-class modular building company that wins export orders abroad from our city.

I encourage anyone with concerns about today’s sad news to get in touch if I can be of help, and hope to have my meeting with the leadership of Shepherd Group arranged shortly.