Thursday 16 March 2017 / 3:22 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Rebecca Long-Bailey responds to reports Toyota is to invest £240m in a UK plant at Burnaston

Rebecca Long-Bailey
MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary
,
commenting on reports that Toyota is to invest in a UK plant at Burnaston,
said:

“The
decision by Toyota to invest £240 million to upgrade its Burnaston plant is
very welcome news. It is testament to the world-class workforce there whose
excellence, hard work, and efficiency makes the UK car industry so strong.

“However,
we should not be complacent. As the chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe
warned; continued, predictable and uncomplicated tariff and impediment-free
access will be important for future success. This is why the Government needs
to secure tariff and impediment free access to the Single Market and
Customs Union and re-enforce this with a coherent industrial strategy, which
invests in the supply chain, R&D, infrastructure and skills. Only by
doing this will the Government protect jobs in the UK car industry and ensure
the continued success of this sector.”