MP calls for ac­tion on steel cri­sis

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has de­manded an ur­gent meet­ing with UK busi­ness sec­re­tary, Sa­jid Javid.

Ms Fer­rier has signed a let­ter call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion to se­cure the UK’s steel in­dus­try.

The move fol­lows the news that Cly­de­bridge steel­works have been bought by Lib­erty House.

The let­ter has been signed by 30 dif­fer­ent MPs, with rep­re­sen­ta­tion also from both Labour and the Con­ser­va­tives.

Ms Fer­rier said:“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that a deal to save the Scot­tish steel in­dus­try was reached, but the UK steel in­dus­try is still in a lot of trou­ble and the Tory gov­ern­ment at West­min­ster need to act ur­gently. Why, af­ter months of calls from the op­po­si­tion benches, have the Tories still taken no ac­tion to com­bat the dump­ing of sub­sidised steel from China?

“This cri­sis has been build­ing for a long time, and whilst the UK Gov­ern­ment have taken some ac­tion to help the in­dus­try, it has been nowhere near what is re­quired.

“I stand in sol­i­dar­ity with steel­work­ers right across the UK, and will con­tinue the fight to pro­tect their jobs. This is a vi­tal strate­gic as­set, and it’s high time for the Tories to take mean­ing­ful ac­tion.”

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