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Ellesmere Port MP raises motor industry concerns with David Cameron

Prime Minister visited town's Vauxhall plant prior to EU Referendum

Ellesmere Port MP Justin Madders questioned Prime Minister David Cameron over the future of the Vauxhall car plant in the town

Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged by Ellesmere Port MP Justin Madders to urgently sit down with motor industry bosses.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (June 29) Mr Madders, whose Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency includes the home of the Astra, called on Mr Cameron to hold early talks with Vauxhall’s parent company General Motors, as well as the wider motor industry to provide reassurances following the vote to leave the European Union.

Mr Madders points to ‘widespread warnings’ about the potential impact on the manufacturing sector in the run-up to the European Union Referendum particularly in relation to plants such as Vauxhall’s which have been threatened with closure in the past.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Madders said: “The Prime Minister will recall visiting the Vauxhall car plant in my constituency as part of the referendum campaign.

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“Now that we have voted to leave the EU we face a fight to keep those jobs in this country so I will urge General Motors to recognise its responsibility to build vehicles where many are bought.

“I ask the Prime Minister to ensure that there are early talks with General Motors and the wider motor industry so that it is given the reassurance needed that it will still be able to export motor vehicles to the EU at a competitive price.”

The Prime Minister replied: “The honourable gentleman is absolutely right.

“The story of the automotive industry in Britain over the past decade has been a remarkably positive one: 150,000 people are directly employed and another 300,000 people are in the supply and components industry, more of which has been coming onshore in recent years.

David Cameron speaks to workers about the benefits of Britain staying in the EU, during his visit to Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in March(Image: Andrew Yates/PA Wire)

“I remember my visit to his constituency very well. We need to secure the best possible deal for Britain and to ensure that we have that full access to the single market because one of the reasons why so many companies, including General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover, have invested in Britain is access to that market.

“I urge General Motors and others to make their voices heard and we will certainly be listening to them in the weeks ahead.”

Speaking later Mr Madders added: “I am clearly disappointed about the result of the Referendum. However I believe that we have to respect the will that the British people expressed. What is important now is how we move forward.

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“It is essential that we get the best possible deal from the exit negotiations both for this region which is a net beneficiary of EU funding and also for our vitally important manufacturing sector.”

He continued: “In addition to raising this issue in Parliament with the Prime Minister, I have already had conversations with representatives of Vauxhall and Unite the Union.

“I will do absolutely everything possible in the coming months and years to fight for our local manufacturing sector.”

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