"Save our Steel" says Graham
Today Graham will be voting in favour of an Opposition Motion calling on the Government to help save our steel industry which has been the centre of job losses and closures in recent weeks, with many more jobs being lost in the supply chain. The motion calls for the industry and its workers to be protected and for the Government to publish a steel strategy so that the industry can be protected for years to come.
Graham has voiced his support for the steel industry and hopes that the Government will do all it can to help and protect this vital industry so that it may continue to provide jobs and security well into the future.
The motion is below:
Ms Angela Eagle
Ms Rosie Winterton
That this House believes that the UK steel industry is of national strategic importance and should be supported by the UK Government; notes that the UK steel industry is in crisis and that the recent closure of SSI in Redcar has resulted in 2,000 direct job losses, with a further 1,000 contractor jobs lost and 6,000 jobs to be lost in the local supply chain, the announcement by Tata Steel that they will no longer produce steel plate at Dalzell, Clydebridge and Scunthorpe has resulted in 1,170 job losses, and that 1,700 jobs are at risk as Caparo Industries has gone into administration; recognises that for every direct steel job lost a further three indirect job losses will follow; further notes the vital importance of the steel industry to those local communities it serves, the proud industrial heritage of Britain’s steel towns and the very real threat to these parts of the country should the steel industry disappear; and calls upon the Government to take immediate action to protect the steel industry, including immediately implementing the Energy Intensive Industry Compensation Package, taking action with the EU Commission on antidumping measures, looking at temporary action on business rates, reviewing how regulatory frameworks impact the industry, and promoting local content and sustainability in procurement contracts, and for the Government to publish a full industrial strategy including what level of capacity the Government envisages is needed in the steel industry, so as to safeguard this vital strategic asset.