DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is in Sunderland today to help celebrate hundreds of new jobs at a car parts plant.
Unipres UK in Washington will create and protect 316 posts after winning cash from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Mr Clegg is due to visit the plant today to see work start on the installation of a new 3000-tonne press.
The company, which supplies parts to Nissan and Honda, has secured £41million of private sector and Government investment.
Mr Clegg said: “Hot on the heels of the fantastic news that an investment from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund has supported Nissan to create 2,000 jobs in Sunderland, I’m delighted to be at the city’s Unipres factory today to see the start of development work that will lead to over 300 direct jobs for the area.
“Creating jobs and growth is our number one priority for Britain right now.”
The news comes just days after Nissan announced its new Invitation model will be built in Sunderland, creating 400 jobs at its Washington plant and 1,600 in the supply chain – much of which is in the North East.