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Mr Boris Johnson & Mr Jeremy Hunt's Support Sought for British Steel

Steel News - Published on Wed, 17 Jul 2019

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Business Live reported that the next UK Prime Minister is being urged to support the work to find a buyer for British Steel. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been written to by MPs in constituencies where the loss would be felt directly, with the new occupant at Number 10 urged to do all they can to secure a strong future for the Scunthorpe-headquartered manufacturing giant.

Scunthorpe MP Mr Dakin, who chairs the All-party Parliamentary Group on Steel, has called for a clear commitment from the next Prime Minister to continue support for British Steel, which employs around 3,000 people in Scunthorpe and around 1,000 more at its other sites, including works at Lackenby and Skinningrove. He said “This is a crucial time for British Steel that requires a strong focus from the Government. This Government, and in particular the Business Secretary Greg Clark, deserve credit for the good job they are doing talking to potential buyers for British Steel. We want to know that this same focus and effort will continue just as effectively under the new Prime Minister. A clear commitment to support British Steel would send the right message to potential buyers and to the workforce, who are working hard to protect their industry. We know too well from places such as Redcar what happens when Government support is withdrawn prematurely. A hard closure of the SSI works under David Cameron spelled the end of steelmaking before there was ever a chance to consider a buyer. The same cannot be allowed to happen to British Steel.”

The letter, also signed by Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke, Redcar’s Anna Turley and Brigg and Goole’s Andrew Percy, comes after the All-party Parliamentary Group on Steel met to discuss the situation.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Wed, 17 Jul 2019
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