STEEL CRISIS: Corby MP urges Prime Minister to ensure Government does all it can to help Tata workers

Thomas Pursglove MP delivering his letter to the Prime Minister about the future of Tata Steel
Thomas Pursglove MP delivering his letter to the Prime Minister about the future of Tata Steel

The MP for Corby is urging the Prime Minister to intervene to ensure that the Government does all it can to find a sustainable future for all Tata sites.

Tom Pursglove, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, yesterday wrote and hand-delivered a letter to the Prime Minister in response to the news that Tata Steel will sell its UK sites.

In the letter, Tom has made the case that in Corby, Tata Steel is a crucial employer and we cannot afford to lose these highly skilled jobs – having a fully functioning steel industry is also of critical importance for national security.

Tom has urged the Prime Minister to intervene to ensure that the Government does all it can to help find a strong, sustainable future for Tata’s sites, and echoed the view that Parliament should be recalled to discuss this important issue.

Tom said: “As the vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel, I’ve been campaigning with cross-party colleagues to secure the future of the industry, since I entered Parliament last year.

“Indeed, yesterday, I spoke out once again about the grave challenges it faces - state aid rules, energy costs and dumping.

“We need stronger action, particularly at the EU level, to deal with this uncompetitive, unfair, dumping of steel on our market, particularly by the Chinese.

“In light of Tata’s announcement, I have been in contact with both the Prime Minister and the Business Secretary, stressing everything that can be done, must be done to save our steel industry.

“All the options should be on the table, and I will do everything I can to aid discussions.

“We simply can’t afford to lose our steel industry - for national security, but also the jobs it provides.

“I will do everything I can to carry on the fight and provide any news on developments as I hear it.”