A NEW MP has reacted to the news that a major factory in Yate could close down.

A consultation has been launched by Beko Europe  “exploring” the potential closure of production of its site off Station Road. 

The Hotpoint factory - which is a subsidiary of Beko - currently makes tumble dryers for markets across the UK and Ireland.

Pending the consultation result, it is understood 150 people could be made redundant. 

Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Claire Young said the factory has a “special place” in the history of the town.

She has also stated she met with officials from Beko on Friday, July 5 - on her first official day of office.

"The news will have come as a shock to many local people,” she said. 

“Following the announcement, I held an urgent meeting with Beko on Friday. 

“I will do all I can working with the company and others to get the best possible outcome for those who work there and to ensure the site continues to provide jobs in our community.

"The site has provided local employment for more than a century and has a special place in the history of Yate."