Faye Purbrick, the Conservative candidate for Glastonbury and Somerton, visited Leonardo in Yeovil.

She discussed the company's plans, including manufacturing the AW149 helicopter, with company CEO Clive Higgins.

Leonardo is a major defence and aerospace company in the South West and serves as a primary supplier of defence and security equipment for the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

It contributes significantly to the UK economy with revenues of £2.3bn and employs thousands.

Ms Purbick also spoke with Leonardo's director of policy and trade Philip Pratley.

She said: "It was great to be back at Leonardo after a few years and meet with Clive and Phillip to discuss the fantastic work they do helping to grow the Somerset economy and training hundreds of young apprentices in skilled trades.

"I am committed to seeing companies like Leonardo, and those in their supply chain, get the support and investment they need to unlock more skilled jobs and opportunities for young people.

"That is why, one of my key plans if elected as the next MP for Glastonbury and Somerton, is to deliver future proof jobs & skills to give our young people the opportunities they need to make their lives here in Somerset."