Mar 1, 2021

Vauxhall: Business Secretary 'hopeful' over car plant future

Kwasi Kwarteng told the Commons a number of meetings had taken place with Vauxhall's parent company, Stellantis. The government is "100% committed to making sure those jobs stay", Mr Kwarteng said. Stellantis has been in talks with the government for weeks about the plant, which makes the Astra car. Lucy Powell, shadow minister for business, said the future of Ellesmere Port was in the government's hands and that it would be a "Tragedy" if it closed. Mr Kwarteng said the government was "100% committed" to having UK-based gigafactories and that conversations were taking place with local communities and leaders across the country on where they should be based.

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