Hitachi has arrived

British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne joined other dignitaries and business leaders as they attended the extravagant opening of an £82m train factory in County Durham today.

The Hitachi plant in Newton Aycliffe will employ 750 workers assembling high-speed Intercity trains for the East Coast and Great Western main lines using parts produced in Japan.

It has been hailed as an economic boost, with many local companies involved in the plant’s construction. At the opening ceremony Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a “show of confidence” in the region.

“This is Hitachi’s first factory in Europe and their massive investment is a sign of their commitment to the United Kingdom and a real show of confidence in our economy and of confidence in the North East,” he said.

“I think this is a really big moment for the region. Train manufacturing has come back to the North East.”


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Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Icon Plastics in Eaglescliffe today. The extremely brief visit to the plastics manufacturing factory which is situated in the region’s most marginal constituency of Stockton South comes as part of the Conservative Party UK tour campaign ahead of the General Election on May 7th when Britain goes to the polls on what is predicted to be the country’s closest national election for two decades.

The Conservative Party MP James Wharton currently holds the Stockton South constituency after winning during the 2010 general election with a 332 majority.

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Grassroots – Stockton

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Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

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