Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, spoke today to Ian Bacon, the President of Tate & Lyle Sugar in Silvertown. This followed Tate & Lyle’s announcement that it had agreed a deal to sell its sugar business to American Sugar Refining, North America’s largest cane sugar, for £211m. 

Tate and Lyle employ directly over 500 staff at the refinery in Silvertown, which has occupied the current site for over 130 years, and many others working at the plant are employed by contractors. During the conversation Mr Timms sought assurances that jobs would not be lost at the refinery as a result of the takeover. Mr Timms was also told that the American firm will continue to use the Tate & Lyle brand on the sugar products it sells. 

Mr Bacon invited Mr Timms to meet with him in the next few days to discuss the wider future of the refinery in Silvertown.

Speaking later, Mr Timms said: “The Tate & Lyle refinery in Silvertown is of huge importance to our area. From the conversations I have had, I am reassured that the new owners are themselves sugar refiners, with no current capacity in Europe. They have long term plans to continue refining sugar in Silvertown; and I am also reassured that the Tate & Lyle and Lyle Golden Syrup brands will continue to be used on Silvertown’s products.  I will be seeking further reassurances when I visit the refinery in the coming days.”

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