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A Stockton MP who supported a non-North-East company for a £1bn contract has changed track
A NORTH-EAST MP has removed his name from an official parliamentary motion to support a £1bn train carriage contract for Derby instead of Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.
Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, explained he simply didn’t realise Hitachi, due to open a factory in Newton Aycliffe, were bidding for the publicly-funded Crossrail contract to build 600 carriages.
He supported what he believed to be the only British firm bidding for the work, Bombadier in Derby, but took his name off the Early Day Motion as soon as he was alerted to the Hitachi bid.
He said: “I’m grateful to The Northern Echo for updating me on the bid. I’ve always championed jobs in the North-East region. I’d hate to do anything to compromise a bid from a North-East company.”