Nissan’s decision to back British business and invest in the UK has been welcomed in the House of Commons by Rugby MP Mark Pawsey.
The car manufacturer has announced that the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV models are to be built at its plant in Sunderland, securing the future of thousands of jobs across the UK.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mark slammed the Leader of the Opposition for failing to welcome the news, before turning to the vote of confidence that British manufacturing and the automotive industry can take from this announcement. Mark pointed out that companies across the UK, such as Automotive Insulations in Rugby, stand to benefit from this announcement.
The Prime Minster, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, responded by highlighting the value that investment by companies like Nissan has across the UK, including for small and medium businesses across the country as part of a local supply chain.
Speaking after Prime Ministers Questions, Mark said: “The decision by Nissan to continue to invest in the UK is important not just for the workers in Sunderland, but has real benefits right across the UK. It will be very welcome news to the motor industry, which is particularly strong in the West Midlands. When taken alongside the expansion of companies like Jaguar Land Rover at Gaydon it is clear that there is confidence in the UK economy.
“Rugby, and indeed the whole of the West Midlands, is poised to be able to take advantage of the resurgence in the automotive sector. Alongside the potential investment for supply chain manufacturers like Automotive Insulations as a result of Nissan’s investment, Rugby has on its doorstep the London Taxi Company, whose new factory at Ansty will create over 1,000 new jobs in the local area.
“It is clear that the automotive industry is enjoying tremendous success here in the UK at the moment, with nearly 800,000 people employed and despite the decision to leave the EU, companies still wish to take advantage of the skills that the West Midlands has to offer.”