I have today written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP, to urge action to be taken by the Government to secure the future of the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port.
It was announced this morning, Monday 6 March 2017, that French company PSA, who own Peugeot and Citroen, have struck a €2.2 billion (£1.9 billion) deal with General Motors’ European unit, including Vauxhall. This will have a direct impact on the constituents in Delyn as many people work at the Ellesmere Port plant.
The Ellesmere Port plant has a contract in place to produce the Astra range of vehicles until 2021. I am is calling on the Government to put in place an action plan to ensure that this important employer remains in place producing world-beating vehicles.
The car manufacturers at the Ellesmere Port plant produce a quality product and have worked tirelessly to make the plant one of the most efficient in Europe. Hundreds of people who live in North East Wales work at the plant and they need reassurance from both PSA and the Government that the longevity of the plant is secured.
I have written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy calling on him to act now.
We need to know that the Vauxhall plants will have a fruitful future in the UK. That means that Secretary of State needs to promise that tariffs will not be slapped on the vehicles produced following Brexit.
I will continue to fully support the local MP for Ellesmere Port, Justin Madders MP, as we face this period of uncertainty.