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Hitachi credits Phil Wilson for leading campaign to bring new factory to Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi credits Phil Wilson for leading campaign to bring new £82m factory to Newton Aycliffe in the Sedgefield constituency. Hitachi’s chairmen and chief executive Alistair Dormer said: “In particular, Phil Wilson led a campaign which transcended party political differences to ensure that the interests of his constituency were heard in Westminster.”

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Phil's successful promotion of Newton Aycliffe as a site for a new Hitachi factory is highlighted in today's Northern Echo. In 2009, Hitachi became the preferred bidder for the InterCity Express Programme under the last Labour government.

Hitachi Rail Europe’s £82m factory is widely regarded as a major coup for the region - creating more than 700 skilled jobs.

Phil says: “The present Coalition government had to be persuaded of the merit of allowing the project to go ahead. The campaign I led ensured the Government saw the economic importance of the Hitachi project to the North East.”

In 2012 Hitachi’s chairmen and chief executive, Alistair Dormer said local support had convinced the company of Newton Aycliffe before the contract was signed.

Mr Dormer added: “In particular, Phil Wilson led a campaign which transcended party political differences to ensure that the interests of his constituency were heard in Westminster.”

Read the full Northern Echo piece here.

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