Vauxhall's UK future discussed

The Government has met with Vauxhall bosses to declare its support for its North West plant after the car manufacturer began reviewing its European operations.

Business secretary Vince Cable met with Vauxhall's parent firm, General Motors (GM,) in the United States this week to emphasise how important the Ellesmere Port factory and retaining the motor industry was to the UK.

The meeting in New York came after suspicions arose that the car company could be closing some of its sites after an internal review was conducted. Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port branch employs around 2,000 workers.

Mr Cable met with General Motors chairman Dan Akerson and vice chairman Stephen Girsky and said the Ellesmere Port plant should continue its operations as the Government was committed to supporting it.

Mr Cable added the UK has a "strong case" to make to companies as billions of pounds of investments is being ploughed into firms like Ford, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan.

Over 40 car companies produce cars, vans and buses in the UK, while 5,000 businesses are active in the sector, employing 820,000 people.

Copyright Press Association 2012