Offer Vauxhall same deal as Nissan – shadow minister urges 0

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Vauxhall workers at the firm’s Ellesmere Port plant should be given the same government support for their jobs as Nissan’s workers in Sunderland received, the shadow business minister, Bill Esterson has said.

Esterson, the Labour MP for Sefton Central claimed Nissan had benefited from a “backroom deal” to guarantee the safety of the plant after Brexit.

His words come in the aftermath of Vauxhall announcing that they are to cut 400 jobs at its plant in Ellesmere Port before Christmas.

The government has denied they made any agreement with Nissan, saying there was no “secret deal” with the Japanese car maker.

In the wake of the Brexit referendum, Nissan made a statement pledging to continue operations at its car plant in Sunderland – the UK’s largest.

Mr Esterson said: “If there’s a backroom deal for one car plant in north-east England, there needs to be the same kind of deal for workers at Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port and any other part of the car industry in this country.”

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