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Local authority leaders have welcome news that a major new Rolls-Royce factory could be coming to the region.

Three sites in the North East have been shortlisted for a 200-job factory to help build the next generation of nuclear plants.

A division of Rolls-Royce has announced a list of potential locations for its factory – the first of three and the one which will manufacture the ‘heavy vessels’ for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power station.

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