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Anna and fellow steel MPs publish plan to save remaining steel industry from ‘perpetual decline’

It is 15 months since our community was shattered by the hard closure of our steelworks. A huge blow to our area and to thousands of families employed directly or indirectly at the site.

The government had taken their eye off the ball despite steel producers and MPs warning for months that problems in the industry needed addressing. When the crisis hit they were caught on the hoof and didn’t react in time to save SSI in Redcar.

We campaigned hard to get the Government to fund a mothballing to protect the assets and allow the site to reopen in future. They refused and the blast furnace and coke ovens are now beyond repair.

Our main steelworks may have gone but the steel industry still has a stake in Teesside.

- Important elements of the steel industry continue to operate at Lackenby and Skinningrove, now under the ownership of British Steel.

- We also have the Materials Processing Institute at South Bank leading cutting edge research on future steel technology.

- There are opportunities for us to develop other steel projects on Teesside, such as with steel recycling.

So steel continues to be one of Teesside’s strengths which means the crisis that still embroils the industry needs tackling.

When you elected me 18 months ago I joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related Industries in order to champion the needs of steel.

Over the past six months we have been running our own inquiry into what needs to be done to save the steel industry across the UK and allow it to grow. We took evidence from industry chiefs, unions, workers and other experts and have worked with the University of Leeds Business School to compile a report. We published that report today with some key recommendations for the Government to take on board.

This report is about saying steel is a modern, hi-tech, vital industry to the British economy and British manufacturing.

Steel has a bright future in this country, it supports vital industries and it’s crucial to the economic development and success of this country.

The Government has got to have a proper, long-term strategy for it, not just lurch from one crisis to another. But if you don’t have a strategy and vision for steel, it will be lost for good.

Britain needs its own steel plants as political uncertainty grips the globe. We need to be more self-reliant so having our own steel industry is absolutely crucial.

This is also about making sure that other areas do not have to suffer the same fate we did. Saving the thousands of jobs that remain in the industry and making sure they stay for the long term.

The Government’s announcement on an industrial strategy today suggests they are finally starting to get it. Moving forward, in Parliament we will be making sure our proposals for steel are given proper consideration.

Doing nothing would leave the industry to shrink further and further. We cannot and will not allow that to happen.

Too late for Redcar but British Steelmaking must have a future

Anna and fellow steel MPs publish plan to save remaining steel industry from ‘perpetual decline’

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Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has teamed up with the Redcar branch of the Royal British Legion to inform the public about bogus charities claiming to be supporting the armed services community.

Concerns have been raised that certain groups are operating on Teesside who purport to be supporting service personnel when in reality they do very little. Some dress up as service men and women to appear authentic and some use names similar to ‘Help For Heroes’ in order to use the leverage of that brand to solicit donations.

Anna and the Legion are campaigning to get the message out to the public about checking before donating.

They had a stall on Redcar High Street on Friday 20th January to help spread the word.

 

Eric Howden BEM, Chair of Redcar branch of the Royal British Legion, said:

“We want to make the public aware that these groups are operating and that people should always double check that their donations are going to the causes they are meant for.

“These groups are not just taking money from the public incorrectly but are depriving genuine charities of vital funds.

“When collecting on the street, volunteers for the British Legion will always stand quietly, not directly asking for money or rattling tins or buckets. All of our donations - not just a small percentage - go towards looking after service personnel and their families.

“We at Redcar Branch of the Royal British Legion thank the public for their generosity and continuing support.”

 

Anna Turley said:

“Bogus charities undermine the confidence of the public, especially those who use coercive and sometimes aggressive tactics to gain donations. They also stop important funding from reaching genuine military charities like the Royal British Legion, First Light Trust, SSAFA, and Forward Assist who all do great work locally on Teesside.

“Local British Legion members came to me with their concerns about these groups and I have written to Cleveland Police, Redcar & Cleveland council, and the Charity Commission to see if their approach to regulating these groups is sufficient.

“I urge all residents to double check that they are donating to a legitimate cause.”

 

For further information on the Royal British Legion, please contact Eric Howden BEM, Redcar Branch Chair, on 01642 290177, rblredcar@live.co.uk

Photo: Anna Turley and Eric Howden BEM at the British Legion stall on Redcar High Street Friday 20th January 2017

Anna teams up with British Legion to campaign against bogus Forces charities

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has teamed up with the Redcar branch of the Royal British Legion to inform the public about bogus charities claiming to be supporting the armed...

Redcar MP Anna Turley pressed Industry Minister Nick Hurd today (10th January 2017) on the Government’s support for carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology which could make Teesside the first clean industry zone.

At the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, Anna questioned Mr Hurd on what the new government’s policy will be after former Chancellor George Osborne cancelled a funding competition for CCS over a year ago.

A group of energy-intensive industries on Teesside have been working together as ‘Teesside Collective’ to develop a plan for the first clean industrial zone.

Last year an independent report commissioned by the Government named Teesside as one of the industrial locations which could benefit from the thousands of jobs the technology can deliver. However, they warned that the technology could only take off if the Government took a lead.

In response to Anna’s question Mr Hurd indicated the Government were looking for a way forward on the technology.

Speaking after the Committee meeting, Anna said:

“It was reassuring to hear that the Government are still committed to CCS but we need to see some clear leadership if this technology is to get off the ground.

“In order to meet our climate change obligations without burdening our industries and consumers with higher energy costs, investing in technology like CCS is crucial. It also has the potential to deliver thousands of new skilled jobs which we desperately need.

“Teesside is ready to step forward and show the world what CCS can do but the clock is ticking and we must seize this opportunity before other countries beat us to it.

“I hope Nick will take that message back to his colleagues in government.”

Teesside ready to take lead on clean industry

Redcar MP Anna Turley pressed Industry Minister Nick Hurd today (10th January 2017) on the Government’s support for carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology which could make Teesside the...

Redcar MP, Anna Turley, today challenged Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on why hospital admissions for malnutrition on Teesside have increased under his Government.

A report by the Evening Gazette last week revealed admissions at Teesside hospitals had more than tripled in the past six years.

An increasing number of people on Teesside are also having to rely on emergency food parcels from local Food Banks. Before Christmas, Redcar Area Food Bank was giving out twice as much food as it was receiving.

In the House of Commons this evening, Anna said:

“The Secretary of State has spoken a lot today about trying to avoid unnecessary admissions to A&E. Could he tell me then, why admissions to A&E on Teesside as a result of chronic malnutrition have trebled under the Conservative government, and whether he thinks that is any reflection at all on their broader approach to public policy and tackling poverty in this country?”

In his response, the Health Secretary insisted a strong economy was delivering the resources to tackle these issues.

Following the debate, Anna said:

“After reading the Gazette’s report exposing this issue, I was appalled to see the number of people needing hospital treatment for malnutrition. In 2017, in a country as wealthy as Britain, it is a national disgrace that some people are being deprived of even a basic diet. People should not have to choose between eating properly and paying for other living costs.

“I took the opportunity to question the Health Secretary about this today because he was trying to blame too many people going to A&E for the crisis we are seeing in our hospitals. More people have been forced into this position due to the policies and decisions of his government. Cuts to social security and stringent sanctions have left vulnerable people living below the poverty line, and cuts to social care mean more older people are stuck in hospital waiting to get home.

“Jeremy Hunt’s response, or lack of it, shows he has no understanding of the real world consequences of his Government’s decisions.”

Anna challenges Health Secretary on rising A&E admissions due to malnutrition

Redcar MP, Anna Turley, today challenged Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on why hospital admissions for malnutrition on Teesside have increased under his Government.

Responding to the announcement that Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Council, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Tees Valley mayoral election in May, Redcar MP Anna Turley said:

“Sue is an excellent candidate for Tees Valley Mayor with a proven track record of fighting for Teesside. She understands the challenges we face and will continue to work hard alongside our local authorities, businesses, industry, and others to grow the local economy.

“This is an important opportunity for our area to take powers from London and start to do more for ourselves, and for Teesside to be at the top table with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester.

“If Sue wins the election in May I know she will be a hardworking and inclusive mayor and a strong voice for our area.”

Anna congratulates Sue Jeffrey, Labour’s candidate for Tees Valley Mayor

Responding to the announcement that Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Council, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Tees Valley mayoral election in May, Redcar MP Anna...


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