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Insurance job cuts "essential"

The chief executive of the Direct Line Group says job cuts which will affect staff in Leeds are "essential to ensure we are as efficient and competitive as possible".

Another 236 job cuts will be made at the insurance giant, although it's not yet known how many of those will be in Yorkshire.

As always, I have not made these proposed changes lightly and understand theimpact they will have on our people, and we will do all we can to support thoseaffected.

– Paul Geddes, chief executive of Direct Line Group