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General Motors chief meets with the Government to discuss possible Vauxhall sale

It's feared thousands of Vauxhall jobs would be at risk if the takeover went through. Credit: ITV News Anglia/PA

Union leaders from the Vauxhall van plant in Luton have held talks in London with the Government to discuss the possible sale of the company to a French owned car maker.

Vauxhall's American owners General Motors are in talks to sell the company to the firm that owns Peugeot and Citroen (PSA Group).

General Motors president Dan Ammann met Business Secretary Greg Clark and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey at Westminster today, and reassurances were given that Vauxhall plants in the UK won't be rationalised if the deal goes ahead.

There had been fears that any potential sale could lead to thousands of job losses.

Greg Clark MP held talks with General Motors today. Credit: PA

I had constructive talks with GM this morning where I emphasised the importance and successful presence of Vauxhall in the UK and welcomed GM's recognition of the excellent and committed workforce at Ellesmere Port, Luton and across the UK.

There is some way to go in discussions between GM and PSA, but I was reassured by GM's intention, communicated to me, to build on the success of these operations rather than rationalise them.

This follows on from GM's recent significant investments both at Ellesmere Port and Luton. We will continue to be in close contact with GM and PSA in the days and weeks ahead.

– Greg Clark, Business Secretary

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