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Concern over job losses for Welsh Vauxhall workers

Vauxhall’s plant at Ellesmere Port is around 15 miles from the Welsh border but it has a massive impact on the economy here. Credit: ITV News

More than 300 Welsh Vauxhall workers are concerned for the future of their jobs, after it was announced the carmaker's Ellesmere Port plant could be under new ownership.

French carmaker, Peugeot (PSA), is in talks to buy the European arm of General Motors (GM).

Estimates are that around 350 workers at the Vauxhall plant travel there from North East Wales. Credit: ITV News

Vauxhall’s massive plant at Ellesmere Port may be around 15 miles from the Welsh border but it has a massive impact on the economy here.

Estimates are that around 350 workers at the plant travel there from North East Wales.

Credit: PA

UK Business Secretary Greg Clark is attending crunch talks in Paris over the future of thousands of British production jobs.

The minister travelled to the French capital yesterday to meet French industry minister Christophe Sirugue and Peugeot board members.

Peugeot's possible takeover of GM's European arm would include Vauxhall, which has plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton with around 3,500 staff.

GM employs around 35,000 people in the UK under the Vauxhall brand.

GM president Dan Ammann has also met with met Mr Clark and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.

Mr McCluskey said he had received "no assurances at the moment" over Vauxhall's workforce, but believes "concrete proposals are imminent".

However, Mr Clark struck a more positive note, saying the GM talks had been "constructive".

I had constructive talks with GM this morning where I emphasised the importance and successful presence of Vauxhall in the UK and welcomed GM’s recognition of the excellent and committed workforce at Ellesmere Port, Luton and across the UK.

There is some way to go in discussions between GM and PSA but I was reassured by GM’s intention, communicated to me, to build on the success of these operations rather than rationalise them.

This follows on from GM’s recent significant investments both at Ellesmere Port and Luton.

We will continue to be in close contact with GM and PSA in the days and weeks ahead.

– Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark