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Sunderland Nissan plant 'somewhere near Bolton': Minister

A Conservative government minister has been criticised for telling the House of Commons that Sunderland's Nissan factory is near Bolton.

Responding to a question from the Labour MP for Bolton North East David Crausby, Treasury Minister Chloe Smith said: "There are jobs out there. Honourable members need only to hear this morning's announcement, for example, from Nissan, somewhere near the honourable gentleman's constituency, to know that there is work available."

Julie Elliot, Labour MP for Sunderland Central, accused government ministers of ignoring the North of England.

She said: "It's not a slip of the tongue to know how far away Bolton is from Sunderland... Bolton is quite a famous town in the north west of England and I think someone in her position should know that."