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MPs back keeping call centres in UK

Labour MP Michael Connarty has filed an Early Day Motion supported by 43 MPs backing providers like Alliance & Leicester, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, the Co-operative Bank and Halifax who have decided to keep their call centres in the UK. Connarty wants to see more providers make a commitment to keeping their customer services operations on shore.

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