Putting steel into Britain’s industrial strategy

Anna Turley MP  |  10 February 2017

Building a positive future for the steel industry in Britain will require strategic, supportive action from the government, writes Anna Turley MP Last month the government finally announced some detail on its much vaunted intentions for an industrial strategy. Those of us familiar with the struggles of the steel industry and who have been calling for …

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British steel after Brexit

Anna Turley MP  |  4 November 2016

The referendum result has huge implications for every part of our economy, and businesses from all sectors will be seeking favourable terms in the Brexit negotiations. Last week’s Nissan announcement was fantastic news for the automotive industry but this must not become a game of who can shout the loudest. Our Brexit strategy must benefit …

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Economy first

Carywn Jones  |  7 June 2016

If we vote for Brexit, many companies will leave Wales, says Carwyn Jones  As I chatted to voters campaigning across Wales during the recent assembly elections, one notion cropped up more than any other in our conversations – working together. In communities right across the country, the individuals, families and businesses I met would tell me …

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The steel crisis highlights the importance of active government

Liam Martin-Lane  |  25 April 2016

Date: 20 January 2009. Location: Washington, DC. Scenario: America’s first black president has just taken over the reins of an economy that is on the brink of another Great Depression. By the time the day is out, nearly 26,000 jobs will have been lost to the nation. Workers who have contributed so much to helping America’s economy …

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British steel needs an industrial strategy

Anna Turley MP  |  15 April 2016

How many steel crises does it take to get this government to realise it needs a proper long-term industrial strategy? That is the question many of us were asking this week as ministers were hauled in front of the House of Commons yet again to explain what support the government are putting in place to …

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The steel crisis is not a political football but a national emergency

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  14 April 2016

The parliamentary Labour party has raised the steel crisis in parliament 208 times since the general election. From urgent questions to opposition day debates to ministerial questions to PMQs and Westminster Hall, we have deployed every tool in the parliamentary toolbox to hold the government to account. But our parliamentary work is the tip of …

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Fiddling while the steel industry burns

Tom Beattie  |  1 April 2016

A recent briefing paper from the Industrial Communities Alliance, an umbrella organisation of local authorities largely from former steel and coal mining communities, starkly states, ‘The UK steel industry is in a life and death struggle’. Corby borough council is a member of the alliance and does not need reminding of what that life and …

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Learn from Labour’s intervention – it worked

Parmjit Dhanda  |  31 March 2016

Over 40,000 jobs are at risk if Tata walks away from the colossal steel works of Port Talbot in south Wales. The government has been left looking flat-footed and indecisive, with ministers unsure about whether to return from overseas trips and then sending out mixed messages about whether state intervention is merited or not. It …

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New year blues

Mary Creagh MP  |  1 February 2016

The first month of the year was bad for Labour but for the country was made worse by the Tories, argues Mary Creagh January 2016 marked the beginning of the first full year of majority Conservative government for two decades. Its slim electoral mandate has not prevented it from carrying out a swingeing assault on tax credits and …

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Time for action on steel, not more summits

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP  |  11 November 2015

On Monday 9 November European Union trade and business ministers met in Brussels to discuss a common European response to the crisis hitting the steel sector. This ‘steel summit’ took place exactly four weeks after it was announced that steel production in Redcar would end, leaving 2,200 jobless across Teesside. European steelworks have been under …

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