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New Hope To Keep Portland Helicopter Flying

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Published at 7:55am 6th November 2012.

Evidence in support of Portland's Coastguard Helicopter has been given to a Commons Select Committee.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax was summoned to Westminster to meet Transport Ministers at a private meeting yesterday (Monday 5th November 2012).

He told them grounding the chopper would have a negative impact on the capabilities of our emergency services along the coast, and put dozens of jobs at risk.

The Coastguard Helicopter is earmarked for closure in 2017 as part of reform plans.

He presented evidence outlined in a 12 page report which he'd drawn up and sent to the Committee.

Mr Drax told Wessex FM the meeting went well and was definitely positive: "Let's hope, we've made progress and been called to a select committee  ... This is really big progress. They'll (Ministers) will now go away and digest what we've had to say and hopefully come back to us, and ask the government to re-think plans".

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