Job losses at Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port: Margaret Greenwood MP challenges government inaction and in-fighting on Brexit
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18 Oct 2017
At Prime Minister’s Questions today Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Minister for Employment, challenged the government on the job losses announced at Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port this week. Margaret Greenwood highlighted the impact of the uncertainty over Brexit on businesses like PSA.
On Monday this week Margaret Greenwood MP also highlighted in Parliament the government’s failure to make good on its commitment to invest in infrastructure and the development of sites like that at Ellesmere Port.
Margaret Greenwood MP said:
“Many of my constituents work at the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port and they will be devastated by the threat of redundancies in the run up to Christmas.
“I am urging the government to do all it can even at this late stage to try to prevent job losses.
“PSA stated that clarity on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU was needed before the company would be in a position to consider future investment at Vauxhall.
“80% of the cars made at Ellesmere Port are exported to other European Union states and 75% of the value of each car is imported.
“In a debate on the future of the Nissan plant in Sunderland last October the Business Secretary pledged the government to work with the car industry to ensure that more businesses in supply chains are located close to major manufacturing sites like Vauxhall by upgrading sites and investing in infrastructure.
“There is enormous scope for development in the immediate area around the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port.
“He also said that in negotiations to leave the EU, the government would work to ensure that trade between us and the EU can be free and un-encumbered by impediments.
“However, a little under a year later the government appears to have made no progress in promoting investment and the talks on Brexit are stalled with government ministers openly at war with each other.
“Funding for investment in rail links in the North West and other parts of Northern England has been announced, withdrawn and then re-announced.
“The £300m that the Chancellor has now found is still small beer compared to the £15 billion cost of Crossrail in London.
“There should be a concerted strategy across government to drive industrial development.
“There is also an urgent need for ministers to stop arguing and realise that for the UK to leave the EU in March 2019 without concluding a deal would be a disaster for jobs and the UK economy as a whole.
“Government ministers have plenty to say to each other about Brexit, but little new to say about how to support manufacturing at plants like Ellesmere Port. The workers at Vauxhall’s deserve better.”