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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th November 2015.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central 11:30 am, 10th November 2015

Some 160,000 jobs in the north-east rely on trade with the EU. We are the only region in the country consistently to deliver a trade surplus. What assurances can the Secretary of State give my constituents, many of whom are understandably concerned about what an isolated Britain on the fringes of Europe might mean for their jobs and livelihoods? Will he vote to stay in the EU and stand up for British jobs?