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Leave campaigners dispute PM's claim that Brexit would harm North East jobs

Leave campaigners have disputed the claim that Britain leaving the EU would damage the security of north east jobs.

The Prime Minister is at Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe train factory for a speech about the debate.

Vote leave supporters have said that the notion investment into the North East would be jeopardised by a vote to leave is 'ludicrous'.

John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter, said:

Vote Leave: North East investment would not be jeopardised by Brexit

In response to David Cameron's visit to Hitachi Rail's Newton Aycliffe, vote leave supporters have said that the notion investment into the North East would be jeopardised by a vote to leave is 'ludicrous'.

John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter, said:

Hitachi came to the North East in order to supply the UK market with trains. That is not going to change if we leave the EU.

Hitachi's biggest client in the UK is the government, so it's no surprise they're dancing to their tune.

We've heard this all before. Large multinationals such as Nissan said they would leave if we didn't join the Euro, but they didn't.

Hitachi themselves have said all we need is a free trade deal with the EU, which we will have when we Vote Leave on 23 June.”

– John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter

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PM arrives at Hitachi plant for EU speech

The Prime Minister has arrived at Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe train factory ahead of a speech he'll be giving on why Britons should vote to stay in the EU. He will be focussing on how jobs and the economy would be affected by a 'Brexit'.

Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi recently said that although the firm was a serious long-term investor in the UK, a Brexit would force them to rethink their strategy in Europe.

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Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton supports EU exit

The British Minister with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse initiative has said he will be supporting Britain's exit from the EU.

James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, said on twitter he is backing the vote leave campaign.

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.

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
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