700 new jobs at Ellesmere Port

General Motors has signalled that its factory in Cheshire may be saved. There's intense speculation that the company's plant at Ellesmere Port will become the centre of production for the new Astra.

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What saving Ellesmere Port means for the region

It's not just car workers at Vauxhall who've been assured they can pay their bills tonight, there are workers across the North West whose future just got a little brighter. 20 percent of the car components used at Ellesmere Port come from the UK.

The extra investment means more work for companies in the supply chain and, crucially, more jobs. More from our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue.

Ellesmere Port jobs latest

It's the big car making announcement deal that'll save more than two thousand jobs, and create thousands more. Vauxhall says it'll build a new model Astra at its plant in Ellesmere Port.

It means workers can breath a huge sigh of relief. It also means new job opportunities there and along the supply chain. Our correspondent Ralph Blunsom has more.

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Vauxhall chairman this is an "historic day"

700 jobs have been created at the once doomed Vauxhall factory at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Chairman Duncan Aldred, who first worked at the Ellesmere Port factory 20 years ago as a graduate, said it was an "historic day" for Vauxhall. Read the full story here.

This is great news for the Ellesmere Port plant, our employees, the local community, our suppliers, the Vauxhall brand and the UK. We have been able to develop a responsible labour agreement that secures the plant's future. This is assisted by the Government's industrial strategy, increasing its focus on the manufacturing sector and creating ideal ground for companies to build up long-term investments."

– Chairman Duncan Aldred

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