Wirral MP calls for action from government to secure jobs at Vauxhall

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02 Mar 2021
Margaret Greenwood MP has asked the government’s business secretary for details about the actions that he will take to secure the jobs of her constituents who work at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, as well as the thousands of jobs in the supply chain.  

The Wirral West MP was speaking in Parliament during an Urgent Question after it was revealed last week that Stellantis, the new parent company of Vauxhall, was reviewing its options for its plants, with closure not ruled out.  

It has been reported that executives at Stellantis were considering whether to continue with the production of combustion engine-powered cars at Ellesmere Port, shut the plant down entirely, or secure its long-term future by making new electric cars.  

MPs have been calling for the government to commit to ambitious investment in electric vehicle technology, including the electric battery supply chain, through a £30bn green economic recovery.  

Margaret Greenwood MP said: 

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to raise this important issue with the minister in Parliament.  

“The Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port has been a major employer in our region for many decades and the government must do everything it can to ensure that it stays open and that the jobs of the people who work there are secure.  

“Around 1,000 people work at the plant, and 7,000 more work in the supply chain. Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plays a key part in the economy of the region and it is vital that its future is secured.  

“It's vital too that the government brings forward ambitious investment in electric vehicle technology. 

“I will continue to follow developments very closely and look to hold the government to account on this very important matter.”