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Ellesmere Port MP to meet Business Secretary over Vauxhall

Justin Madders MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston is to meet Greg Clark later today to seek reassurance over the sale of Vauxhall motors. He says he remains hopeful but says the government needs to work with unions and workers to ensure the future of the Cheshire plant.

Licence application refused for South Lakes Zoo

South Lakes Zoo Credit: PA

Councillors have refused a licence application for a zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years.

Zoo founder David Gill applied to renew his licence for the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The application was refused by Barrow Borough Council's licensing regulatory committee at a meeting on Monday and Mr Gill now has 28 days to lodge an appeal.

Chairman of the committee Tony Callister said the decision had been unanimous and was made because councillors were not satisfied conservation matters referred to in the Zoo Licensing Act would be implemented.

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Vauxhall workers remain 'hopeful' after sale

The French car giant PSA Group announced this morning that it is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in Cheshire, for £1.9billion. Unions say they have been assured that the plant in Ellesmere Port will continue making the Astra until 2021. Workers say they are concerned but remain hopeful for their jobs.

French car giant agrees £1.9bn General Motors deal

Vauxhall plant in Cheshire Credit: Press Association

French car giant PSA Group is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in the UK, for £1.9billion, the company has announced.

Unions say they have been assured that the Vauxhall plant in Cheshire will continue making the Astra until 2021 regardless of a takeover.

Merseyrail strike ballot closes

The dispute is over proposals for driver only trains Credit: GTV

The ballot on possible strike action at Merseyrail closes today.

Union members have been asked to vote in a dispute over the introduction of driver only trains.

Walk outs could begin next month if workers vote for industrial action.

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