Nissan Sunderland new car production very welcome news - Umunna

Chuka UmunnaCommenting on the announcement of expansion at Nissan's Sunderland plant, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:

"It is very welcome news that Nissan's Sunderland facility will be producing the car maker's new compact car model, expanding production and taking on extra workers.  This builds on the contract to produce the Leaf electric car secured following the announcement in 2009 of the plug-in car grant by the then Labour government.   

"Nissan has secured an award from the Regional Growth Fund to help support this latest project but almost three quarters of successful bidders in the Fund's first two rounds have still not received their money and some were kept waiting for ten months.  So it is crucial the government ensures that this grant to Nissan is not beset by the same delays in order to secure the forecast 2,000 new jobs this exciting project is expected to create.

"In government Labour adopted an active approach to the UK automotive industry, establishing the Automotive Council, encouraging and supporting collaboration on research to benefit the entire sector – an approach which Vince Cable has said helped foster confidence for companies to invest here.  Consequently automotive now represents 10 per cent of total exports with 80 per cent of automotive production being exported."