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Orgreave announcement provokes fury from Labour MPs

Amber Rudd said there would be no inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave. Credit: PA

Labour MPs reacted angrily to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd's decision not to hold an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.

Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, who first raised demands for an inquiry with then home secretary Theresa May in a 2015 letter signed by more than 100 Labour colleagues, said it was a "disgraceful betrayal of justice".

She said: "The Home Secretary today has put a screeching brake on the search for truth.

"For many communities in South Yorkshire the question of how police forces from across the country - not just South Yorkshire - which are supposed to be there to serve them could be used against them in such a brutal, deliberate way has left a bitter legacy. This decision will exacerbate that."

Senior backbencher and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn said: "It's time the truth was told and the Government is failing in its responsibility by ruling out an inquiry."

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock branded Ms Rudd's decision an "absolute disgrace", while Barnsley MP Michael Dugher said it was "a complete betrayal of campaigners and a spit in the face for every former coalfield community".

Mr Dugher described the announcement as "a political decision to protect the interests of the Tory party".

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Nissan Europe VP: 'Qashqai announcement means job security for 7000 people'

Nissan's Senior Vice-President for Europe, Colin Lawther, has said that Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai model at the Sunderland plant will provide job security for 7,000 people.

Nissan also announced that production of its X-trail model will be moved from Japan to Sunderland:

Well it's just absolutely fantastic news. As you know our executive committee in Japan yesterday decided that we would build the next generation Qashqai right here at the Sunderland planet and we'll actually attract production of X-Trail from Japan.

So it's fantastic news for the plant here in Sunderland, and it's fantastic news for the region.

In real terms, it means job security for 7000 people, and opens the door to building more cars than we've ever built in the past, which opens the door to a future increase in employment levels.

So fantastic news for all the people who work here and the people who'll work here in the future.

– Colin Lawther

Local UKIP MEP: 'Nissan news is one in the eye for Brexit naysayers'

Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North-East MEP Jonathan Arnott has claimed that Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai at their Sunderland plant is 'one in the eye' of Brexit critics.

Jonathan Arnott said:

I am absolutely delighted that these jobs have been secured and this is fantastic news not just for Nissan workers, but also for those working in jobs in the supply chain.

This is a real much needed boost to the local economy.

I wonder how long it will be before we hear the words 'despite Brexit' from those naysayers and doom-mongers who downplay every success and magnify every failure in an attempt to sabotage the will of the people and British prosperity.

They were not slow to try to weaponise Nissan in their fight against the referendum result and this is one in the eye for them. They ought to reflect upon the jeopardy in which they place British jobs when they do so.

This news is not just good news for the North East but the whole country as I have no doubt that the confidence shown by Nissan will be reflected by other companies.

– Jonathan Arnott MEP

North East LEP: "The Nissan workforce are world class and this is absolutely merited"

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the announcement by Nissan saying that the workforce are 'world class'.

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