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Statement On President Trump Decision To Postpone A Decision On The Steel Tariffs

Responding to today’s announcement that President Trump has decided to postpone a decision on the steel tariffs until 1 June, Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon which is home to the Port Talbot steel works, the largest steel works in the UK, said: ‘The only thing that President Trump has achieved through this delay is to cause further uncertainty and confusion. Whilst he plays this ludicrous game of cat and mouse, thousands of steelworkers and their families in my constituency are left in a state of limbo, with the possibility of these deeply damaging tariffs still hanging over them. Continue reading

A Sector Deal For The Steel Industry

During a debate on industrial strategy, I called on the Government to start delivering a sector deal for the steel industry. It would be a massive boost for the steel works in my Aberavon constituency and for the wider steel making industry, turning it from surviving to thriving. The Government needs to come clean and let us know whether they are giving up on the steel industry or when they will approve the sector deal for steel.  Continue reading

Temporary Exemption From Trump Steel Tariffs Is Step In Right Direction, But We Are Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Commenting on reports that the EU is set to secure a temporary exemption from the Trump steel tariffs, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks, Stephen Kinnock, said: “Steelworkers across the UK and Europe will sigh with relief if it is confirmed that the EU have secured a temporary exemption from the Trump tariffs, but we are by no means out of the woods yet. Continue reading

Call For Action Against The Trump Steel Tariffs

During questions to the Secretary of State for Wales, I explained the cost of steel tariffs for the Welsh steel industry and also to America itself, and asked him what the government has done to stop the Trump steel tariffs hurting the British steel industry. Continue reading

Prime Minister Found Wanting As Trump Steel Tariff Executive Order Is Milestone Moment For Future Of UK Steel Industry And Future Of Rules Based Global Economic System

Commenting on Trump's Executive Order confirming 25% tariffs on British steel imports to the USA, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks said,  "President Trump's signing of an Executive Order imposing steel tariffs is a milestone moment for the future of the British steel industry, and for the future of the rules-based global economy. And once again, our government and Prime Minister have been found wanting. Continue reading

Steelworkers Will Judge Theresa May On Her Approach To Donald Trump's New Tariffs

PoliticsHome We’ve all been there, right? A tricky week at work, so you decide to start a trade war with the whole world. Having lost his longest serving aide, again chastising his “Mr Magoo” Attorney General, and it then becoming public knowledge that his son in law and senior White House adviser took half a billion dollars from senior bankers to help refinance his personal and business debts, Donald Trump decided to throw a dead cat on the table and announce blanket 25% tariffs on all US steel imports. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Condemns Aggressive Trump Tariffs On Steel

Commenting on Donald Trump’s announcement of plans to impose tariffs of 25% on all steel and aluminium imports to the USA, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot Steelworks said: “This reckless and impetuous announcement from Donald Trump is deeply worrying for the British steel industry, centred on the Port Talbot steelworks in my Aberavon constituency. “Around 10% of Tata Steel UK’s exports are to the United States, and are largely made up of the most sophisticated and high-tech steel products in the world, much of which the Americans cannot produce themselves. Continue reading

Former Director Of The WTO And EU Trade Commissioner Questioned By Exiting EU Committee

Pascal Lamy, the former Director of the WTO and EU Trade Commissioner was questioned by the Committee for Exiting the EU. I asked about steel, Brexit the WTO and dealing with Chinese dumping; and the implications on trade of the transition deal that the government have signed up to. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Calls Out Government And FCA For Allowing A Free For All Which Has Left Many Steelworkers And Pensioners Worse Off

Today, Stephen Kinnock has: called for urgent action on pension misselling called out the FCA for failings; urged the government to produce a white paper; and supported Work and Pensions Committee report Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot Steelworks, today called out the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for their failure to protect British steelworkers and savers in the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS); called on the government to accept, in full, the Work and Pensions Committee recommendations, and urged the government to go further in introducing a system of deemed consent to keep savers in the best scheme for them. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock Meets With Pensions Minister To Speak Up For Constituents About Changes To The BSPS On The Day We Learn Initial BSPS Transfer Figures

Stephen Kinnock met with the Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, for a frank exchange of views about the government’s handling of the changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). Continue reading