Ford-owned Land Rover was yesterday facing a challenge from British union leaders over plans to shed 1,000 jobs at Solihull and create a similar number at Halewood by shifting production of the Freelander from the Midlands to Merseyside, the Daily Telegraph said. According to the newspaper, Amicus, the engineering union, said it would fight the decision and called on Ford to think again. Derek Simpson, general secretary, said shop stewards were being called to a meeting after Solihull's holiday shutdown to agree a "fight-back campaign", the report added.