By Marcus Leach

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the news that Toyota are to create 1,500 new jobs at their Derbyshire plant.

Toyota confirmed that they will invest over £100 million in the Burnaston plant, making it the sole European centre for making the next Toyota hatchback.

“This major announcement from Toyota is fantastic news and a massive vote of confidence for UK manufacturing," Mr Cameron said.

“This investment and the jobs it will create provide a terrific boost not just to the local economy but to the whole country, and is a tribute to the great skill, hard work and sheer professionalism shown by the Toyota workforce. Toyota’s commitment to the UK shows the growing strength of the UK car industry - it is our great British success story.

“It is vital that we build a more balanced economy, one with manufacturing, innovation and exports at its heart. The automotive sector is leading the way in helping us achieve this - it is an extraordinary success story and one that we are very proud of.”

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