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Potential Vauxhall buyers give fresh hope that jobs would be protected if deal goes ahead

PSA want to buy Vauxhall's parent company General Motors. Credit: PSA Group/ITV News Anglia

The boss of the French carmaker that's looking to buy the Vauxhall van plant in Luton has given fresh hope that jobs will be safeguarded.

The PSA group that owns Peugeot wants to take over Vauxhall's parent company General Motors.

In a statement, PSA said it would 'respect existing agreements' - which includes around 1,000 staff who make the Vivaro van in Bedfordshire.

“PSA's ambition is to make the cooperation and the quality of relations with employee representatives a competitive advantage and a key factor in the success of the company,” PSA Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said.

Despite the assurances, the Luton MP Gavin Shuker wants the Government to do more.

If this potential takeover by Peugeot does happen, the Vauxhall van plant in Luton will still be one of the most efficient right across GM and Peugeot group.

So it's about making sure that the Government knows that we have a real gem on our doorstep here in Luton and pressing them for the kind of assurances they, for example, gave to Nissan.

– Gavin Shuker MP

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