Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Business Secretary, has written to Sajid Javid asking him to:
Urgently ‘pick up the phone to Beijing’ to discuss reports of proposed Chinese tariffs on British steel
Set out how many weeks there are to save the British steel industry
Set out what interventions the Government has made to help British steelworkers
Clarify a range of other issues surrounding the Government’s handling of the steel crisis
Angela Eagle said:
“Over twenty four hours have now passed since the Prime Minister convened the so-called emergency meeting, but so far we have heard more warm words from the Government but no concrete action.
"Despite all the talk there have been no new proposals to safeguard our steelmaking capacity; no evidence of action to reassure workers; and no proof that the Government is going all out to find a potential buyer.
"For the sake of steel workers and their families who are worried sick and for the future of our economy, it’s time the Government got a grip of the situation and came up with concrete steps to help save our steel industry.”