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He took on bigots dressed in drag  as Lily Savage in the 1980s. Now the comedian is speaking up for the plight of people on benefits

Chevrolet Spark

The new Chevrolet Spark is an important new model for General Motors – but not as important as it might have been. Until October this year, GM had planned to sell its European Opel and Vauxhall operations in order to shore up its precarious financial position. That would have left Chevrolet, the brand under which GM sells its Korean-sourced cars in Europe, to spearhead the American group's efforts here – and the Spark would have carried the burden of being the first new Chevrolet to be launched by GM in the post-Opel/Vauxhall age.

GM to cut 350 jobs at Vauxhall's Luton plant

Vauxhall’s Luton plant is to cut 354 staff under the massive restructuring of parent GM’s European operations, the company said today.

GM signals bright future for Ellesmere Port plant

General Motors (GM) has now entered the consultation phase concerning the future of each of its European plants as it firms up its plan for the development of Vauxhall and Opel. Having reversed its decision to sell its British and German brands to the component supplier Magna, GM now has to execute a turnaround for its European operations itself.

Vauxhall to avoid job losses at Ellesmere

The British motor industry enjoyed its best news in many months yesterday, when GM Europe's new chief executive, Nick Reilly, offered an assurance that there will be no closure or job losses at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Merseyside, and that it would be moving to three-shift production, utilising its full capacity.

Vauxhall to increase production

Car giant Vauxhall today announced plans to increase production at one of its UK factories, easing worries about job losses.

Vauxhall to axe 9,000 jobs across Europe

Car giant General Motors firmed up plans today to cut 9,000 jobs across Europe, saying that up to 60 per cent will be in Germany.

GM sees 'significantly' fewer Vauxhall job cuts

Restructuring plan will be 'no worse' than Magna's / Unions welcome 'positive' talks on future of UK plants

GM boss faces questions over Vauxhall jobs

Union leaders will today press a top executive of car giant General Motors for assurances about jobs at Vauxhall factories in the UK.

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GM sale U-turn 'pleasant surprise' for Vauxhall

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Mandelson seeks talks after Vauxhall sale u-turn

The Government was seeking urgent talks with General Motors today after the car giant's dramatic decision to scrap plans to sell Vauxhall, a move welcomed by union leaders.

GM scraps sale of Opel and Vauxhall to Magna

Surprise U-turn on deal to save European operations

Vauxhall unveils new super-economical Corsa

Vauxhall has announced a new, cleaner version of its Corsa ecoFLEX which scrapes in below the 100g/km mark for CO2 emissions, an achievement matched only by a few other cars on the market.

Mail pickets say they have no choice

Workers joining picket lines early today insisted they had been forced into taking action.

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<p>Jonathan Ross (or Wossy, as he’s affectionately known) has been on television and radio for an extraordinarily long time, working on a seat in the pantheon of British presenters. Hosting Friday Night with Jonathan Ross for nine years, Ross has been in everything from the video game Fable to Phineas and Ferb. So it’s probably not so surprising that Ross studied at Southampton College of Art (since rebranded Southampton Solent), a university known nowadays for its media production courses.</p>
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