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Nissan recalls thousands of vehicles built in Sunderland after a Finnish journalist posted a video of a steering wheel coming loose.

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Labour MP critical of Thatcher after files released

Two key industries of the North East play headline roles in confidential correspondence and cabinet papers that have been made public from Margaret Thatcher's time in office.

The records show that the then-Prime Minister guaranteed tax breaks for Nissan in return for their investment. However, the papers also reveal a plan to shut 75 coal mines over three years in the 1980s. At the time, the Government and the National Coal Board said they only wanted to close 20.

Ian Lavery, the Labour MP for Wansbeck, gave his reaction to ITV News Tyne Tees.

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Thatcher considered calling in troops during miners' strike

Thatcher secretly considered calling in the troops during the miners' strike Credit: Press Association

Margaret Thatcher secretly considered calling out the troops at the height of the miners' strike amid fears union action could destroy her Conservative government, according to newly released files.

Government papers from 1984, released by the National Archives, show ministers were so concerned at the outbreak of a national docks strike while the miners were still out, they considered declaring a state of emergency.

Plans were drawn up for thousands of service personnel to commandeer trucks to move vital supplies of food and coal around the country.

It was probably the closest Mrs Thatcher came to defeat in her battle with the miners but the scheme was never implemented after the dockers' action petered out after less than two weeks.

The epic, 12-month confrontation between the Conservative government and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and its left-wing president Arthur Scargill was one of the defining episodes of the Thatcher era.

It saw some of the worst industrial violence the country had witnessed, with hundreds injured in brutal picket line clashes between police and miners, and ended in crushing defeat for the NUM.

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Thatcher considered deploying troops in miners' strike

Margaret Thatcher considered calling on troops at the height of the miners' strike amid fears union action could destroy her government, according to newly-declassified files.

A Kent picketer clasps hands with a miner outside Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. Credit: PA Archive

Government papers from 1984, released by the National Archives, show ministers were so concerned at the outbreak of a national docks strike while the miners were still out, they considered declaring a state of emergency.

Plans were drawn up for thousands of service personnel to commandeer trucks to move vital supplies of food and coal around the country.

It is thought to be the closest Mrs Thatcher came to defeat in her battle with the miners but the scheme was never implements after the dockers' action petered out after less than two weeks.

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Margaret Thatcher's cost of keeping up appearances

As Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher's immaculately coiffed blonde locks were as much a part of her image as her famous handbag - and newly-released government files show just how much time she spent keeping up appearances.

US President Ronald Reagan talking to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Credit: PA

Her appointments diary for 1984, released by the National Archives, show that she had 118 hair appointments in the space of 12 months.

In June, when she was hosting world leaders at an economic summit in London she had hair appointments on five consecutive days.

The diary also confirms her reputation as a workaholic who found it difficult to relax.

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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.

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