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Nissan's car plant in Sunderland will still get a £20m grant promised by the Labour government
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10 June 2010

Prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Nissan's car plant in Sunderland will still get a £20 million grant promised by the Labour government.

There had been fears the money, which had been promised as part of an effort to secure a contract for the Nissan Leaf to be built in Sunderland, could be pulled as part of a review into public spending.

"That money will be going ahead, that investment will be going in," Conservative leader Cameron told parliament.

Last week, Cameron had said he wanted electric cars to be built in Britain but wouldn't confirm if the Nissan grant would stand.

Nissan Leaf production will begin in Sunderland in 2013.

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Straight Six Man 10 June 2010

Re: Cameron confirms Nissan grant

SCN_Saul wrote:

tonym911 wrote:
we're paying Nissan to build the Leaf in Sunderland? Don't suppose there was any chance of them deciding to build it there purely on merit? Why do we always have to go cap in hand to these manufacturers

Whats even worse, and if the reporting at the time was accurate, Nissan planned to build the Leaf in the UK (and co-install charging points) if it was selected as the car for the London Olympics, instead we gave it to BMW.

Go figure

Boris' reasoning for that was that the latest, most economical BMWs worked out cheaper and greener than any electric cars doing the rounds...

tonym911 10 June 2010

Re: Cameron confirms Nissan grant

Not to mention the £270m of loan guarantees our Govt has just granted to General Motors Europe to secure the future of Vauxhall plants in the UK, against the background of the German Govt telling GM to bugger right off when they similarly asked for dosh for their German factories. Who's doing our negotiating?

tonym911 10 June 2010

Re: Cameron confirms Nissan grant

I take on board Reasonable's earlier point but I still can't get away from the general suspicion that the UK Govt is being mugged/suckered by the car industry. That electric MINI project was another example IMO.