IKEA Coventry closure to be debated in House of Commons on Thursday

Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana has secured the adjournment debate this week.

MPs seated in the House of Commons

On Thursday this week, MPs will get the chance to debate the IKEA Coventry store closure this coming summer.

Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana, who has secured the adjournment debate on Thursday, has said she will do everything she can to “support the workers and protect the vibrancy of the city centre.”

An adjournment debate is a specific kind of short debate that takes place at the end of the day, which allows a backbencher to raise an issue of concern and get an answer from the relevant minister.

The MP who has been allocated the debate is called to speak and the relevant minister is given time to reply. The MP who initiated the debate does not have the opportunity to speak again after this, but other MPs may attend and make interventions if they are accepted.

All three Coventry MPs, Colleen Fletcher, Taiwo Owatemi and Zarah Sultana, met with IKEA representatives last week to discuss the unexpected store closure and how IKEA will support the 352 expected job losses.

In a statement, IKEA explained that they have the ambition to retain as many jobs as possible within IKEA and, where this isn’t possible, support their employees to find new employment.

Marsha Smith, Area Manager IKEA UK and Ireland said: “As we go through this process, our priority is to support our co-workers in the Coventry store.

“We will work closely with our co-workers, impacted suppliers, unions and other trusted partners to ensure all our co-workers receive all the support they need.”

The debate can be watched live on Thursday via Parliament TV.