Local MPs Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston) and Chris Matheson (City of Chester) have today led the call for police forces to "Buy British."
In a debate in the House of Commons on the ‘police procurement of motor vehicles’ the MPs criticised police forces for not supporting the British car manufacturing industry by buying police cars from overseas.
“In every other European country the police force is a proud supporter of their national industry, the French have Peugeots, the Italians Fiats and the Germans have Audis.
“But here in the UK our police forces, including Cheshire, seem to have anything but cars made in the UK. Here in Cheshire, with Vauxhall producing right in the middle of our community, the local police drive around in Hyundais, soon to be replaced by Peugeots! Our police should be proud to support their local industry and drive locally made cars otherwise we are in danger of being the laughing stock of Europe.”
“Our car manufacturing sector is a real success story but it still needs every bit of help it can get. No other country would betray its workers in this way and, to add insult to injury, we are giving this contract to Peugeot – a company which chose to close its only British car factory a few years ago even though it was profitable. So why reward them now?
“Justin and I are sending a clear message today that we will not stand by and allow these contracts to be given to overseas companies at the expense of skilled British jobs.”