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July 27, 2009 10:11 ET

Staveley Head: Will Gordon Brown Be Remembered as the PM Who Destroyed the British Motor Industry?

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - Gordon Brown, and his faithless accomplice Peter Mandelson, have already on several occasions this year demonstrated their indifference to the continuance of motor manufacturing in this country.

Only a few short months ago the Government rejected support for a management buy-out of the ailing commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV, which forced the company to subsequently enter into administration with an estimated loss of 5,000 jobs. About the same time talks were taking place in Germany to negotiate the sale of GM Europe, which includes both the Vauxhall and Opel marques. The German Government had a full complement of ministers and advisors at all the meetings held, to safeguard the position of the Opel plant and its workforce.

Gordon Brown and Lord Mandelson were conspicuous only by their absence. The American parent company, General Motors, has since applied to enter the American equivalent of administration, and the perilous position of the Vauxhall plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton has still to be resolved.

Gordon Brown has now been accused of personally "pulling the plug" on MG Rover in 2005, with the loss of 6,000 jobs, by the firm's former executives, publicly known as the Phoenix Four. A dossier released by the Phoenix Four identifies the Prime Minister, who at the time was Chancellor, and his then advisor Shriti Vadera , now Baroness Vadera, of scuppering a deal with the Chinese Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, against the wishes of Prime Minister Tony Blair who allegedly "wanted to save MG Rover."

The allegations would appear to question the motives behind Lord Mandelson's decision to delay publication of the Pounds Sterling 16 million report into the events surrounding the collapse of MG Rover, while the Serious Fraud Office undertake an investigation into the affair. It suggests yet a further lack of transparency on the part of Lord Mandelson.

A spokesman for Staveley Head, one of the UK's leading motor trade insurance providers, said "All of our clients use both vans and cars in the course of their business, and it's a sad reflection on the state of British industry, and the attitude of Gordon Brown, that they soon may not have the option of buying a British manufactured vehicle. In 2005 Ministers set up an inquiry, following enormous public pressure, into the collapse of MG Rover which cost 6,000 jobs and Pounds Sterling 270 million of taxpayers' money. Now, four years and Pounds Sterling 16 million later, its publication is going to be suppressed indefinitely on the grounds that, in Lord Mandelson's opinion, the SFO needs to be involved. I wonder if Lord Mandelson will be able to delay publication until after the next General Election."

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