Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, has secured a three hour debate on the crisis in UK steel and has repeated her call for government action to save steelmaking on Teesside.
It has been a very challenging year for UK steel with a serious deterioration in global steel prices having a crippling financial effect on British steelmakers, including SSI UK who own the Redcar steelworks.
The plant received national media coverage today with the news that a series of debt repayments have been missed.
The debate will be in the House of Commons on Thursday morning.
“The crisis in UK Steel is becoming serious and the government must act now to save steelmaking on Teesside. I have been in daily contact with SSI and management at the site over the past few months keeping abreast of the difficulties being faced by the industry and have been working alongside colleagues in Parliament to lobby the government for support. I have met privately with the Minister for steel and asked urgent questions in the Chamber to press for immediate support.
“Our steelworks in Redcar sustains thousands of jobs and it is vital that these are protected. The government need to be stepping up to support the industry to help it weather the current storm. I asked the Minister for urgent action at Business Questions today and the debate on Thursday will be further opportunity to make our case to the government.
“We are looking for action on energy costs, business rates and imports, to level the playing field and improve UK steel competitiveness. We would also like to see a commitment to promoting local content and sustainable products in the UK supply chain and for the government to champion reform of European emissions trading to safeguard competitiveness.
“Steel is important to our region and the UK economy as a whole and should be a key part of the Northern Powerhouse project. We need the government to commit to playing its part in safeguarding the industry’s future.”
Notes to Editors:
The debate is to be led by Anna Turley with support from colleagues from all political parties.
The debate is the first of two backbench debates on Thursday and three hours has been allocated.
It should start around 1130 however this will depend on the preceding questions and statements.