Stephen joins steelworkers in Westminster as they call on government to ‘Save our Steel’

Stephen joined hundreds of steelworkers in Westminster yesterday, calling on the government to take action to ‘Save our Steel’.

Steelworkers from across the UK marched past Parliament on Wednesday (May 25), supported by union representatives from Community, Unite and the GMB, as well as by Labour MPs, as they anxiously awaited news from the Tata sale negotiations in Mumbai.

Stephen with steelworkers in Westminster Hall

Stephen with steelworkers in Westminster Hall

Stephen said: “Steelworkers were standing up for jobs in this vital industry, and I and my Labour colleagues stand with them. 

“The Tory government has been too slow in responding to this ongoing crisis, and they must ensure further action is taken to protect and support British steelworkers. As my colleague Angela Eagle, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said, it’s about time the Government stopped kowtowing to China and started standing up for our steel industry.

“The contrast between the Westminster Tory government’s approach over many months and that of my Labour colleagues in the Welsh Government – where Carwyn Jones has shown himself to be a true leader – has been stark.

“But at the time of a crucial decision on Europe, I have made it clear in Parliament that we need to work with our European partners to save the steel industry – not separate ourselves off. Leaving the EU would be disastrous for steel at such a critical time, not least because much of the steel manufactured in Wales is exported to the rest of the EU.”

After the march, Stephen welcomed steelworkers from Celsa Steel in Tremorfa in his Cardiff South and Penarth constituency into Parliament for an impromptu tour and a chance to see MPs debating the Queen’s Speech.

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