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NECC: Nissan need certainty

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, says companies like Nissan need to know whether the UK will remain in the EU.

The head of the Japanese car company, Carlos Ghosn, has claimed they would "reconsider" their position if the UK left the EU.

This would threaten jobs at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, which employs 6,500 people.

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MEP reacts to Nissan EU warning

Fiona Hall, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North East, has given her reaction to the warning from Nissan about European Union membership.

Nissan's chief executive said he would 'reconsider' the company's future in the UK if it left the EU. The car manufacturer employs 6.500 people in the North East.

"This is a stark warning about the catastrophic damage the North East economy would suffer if we were to pull out, and it is one we cannot afford to ignore.

"Nissan is not just 6,000 jobs on Wearside, it is many thousands more across the region.

"Their importance to the North East can hardly be overstated.

"Fortunately I think Mr Ghosn is right when he says an exit is unlikely, because the business case for staying in is overwhelming.

"But the uncertainty that has been created by politicians putting their self-interest ahead of the region's economic well-being is already jeopardising investment."

– Fiona Hall, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North East

Nissan statement

Nissan has released a statement after its chief executive said he would "reconsider" the car maker's future in the UK if it left the European Union.

“As a global company we always want to ensure that our business has the opportunity to operate as freely as possible in markets around the world. The whole of Europe is a vital market to Nissan and we also recognise how important theUK market is and must remain, so we will support future policy decisions to continue to support that success.”

– Nissan Statement

The new Qashqai model will be built at Nissan's Sunderland site, which employs 6,500 workers.

Nissan warning if UK leaves EU

The head of Nissan has said he would "reconsider" the car maker's future in the UK if it left the European Union.

Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of the Japanese motoring company, says he will re-evaluate Nissan's position if the UK leaves the EU.

Speaking at the launch of Nissan's new Qashqai model, he said: "If anything has to change we (would) need to reconsider our strategy and our investments for the future."

He added that an exit is unlikely.

The new Qashqai will be built at Nissan's Sunderland site, which employs 6,500 workers.

Murderer appeals against sentence

A convicted triple murderer from Hartlepool has become the first person in Britain to launch an appeal to the European Court.

Arthur Hutchinson is claiming that the whole-of-life sentence he received is a breach of his human rights.

Hutchinson is behind bars for the murder of a couple and their son in 1983.

Now judges in Europe have ruled that sentences that mean offenders will die in jail are inhuman. But the appeal has caused widespread criticism.

Frances Read reports.

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Laitner family statement

"Whenever even the name Arthur Hutchinson rears its ugly head it does nothing but create fear and distress to the victims of this heinous crime.

Let the human rights judiciary members be thrust into our position for just a day and maybe they would understand this.

We are confident that justice will be done and, more importantly, be seen to be done so that this matter be finally put to rest."

– Laitner family statement
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Justice Secretary: What about the rights of victims?

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said he profoundly disagrees with a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that 'whole life' sentences are "inhuman".

I have repeatedly made clear how profoundly I disagree with the recent ruling by the European Court.

Our judges should be able to tell those who commit the most heinous crimes imaginable that they may never be released.

To be told this breaches human rights is absurd — and an insult to those who wrote the original Human Rights Convention. What about the rights of the victims and their families?

I continue to strongly believe that whole life tariffs are appropriate for the worst murder cases. This is why I want wholesale reforms to our human rights laws.

– Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary

Read: Murderer launches first 'whole life' appeal against sentence

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Victims' family confident murderer's appeal will fail

Relatives of the victims of the convicted murderer Arthur Hutchinson have said they are confident his attempt to get his 'whole life' sentence reduced will fail in court.

Hutchinson has launched a challenge against his tariff after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that such sentences are "inhuman and degrading".

Whenever even the name Arthur Hutchinson rears its ugly head, it does nothing but create fear and distress to the victims of this heinous crime.

Let the human rights judiciary [ECHR] members be thrust into our position for just a day and maybe they would understand this.

We are confident that justice will be done, and more importantly, be seen to be done so that this matter can finally be put to rest.

– Laitner family statement
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