#StandUpForSteel

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GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY MENTIONS STEEL JUST ONCE, WHICH SERVES ONLY TO CONFIRM THAT ITS APPROACH TO THE STEEL INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE CHARACTERISED BY A TOXIC COMBINATION OF INCOMPETENCE AND INDIFFERENCE

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy, Stephen Kinnock, the Member of Parliament for Aberavon said: “Today I announced the publication of the cross party APPG Steel 2020 report, which provides a blueprint for building a better future for the British steel industry, triggering a modern manufacturing renaissance, and forging a more resilient growth model for the UK economy. Continue reading

Government's Industrial Strategy

After launching the Steel 2020 Report I headed to the Commons chamber to question Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on why steel only had a fleeting mention in the Government's Industrial Strategy: Continue reading

Aberavon MP launches APPG Industrial Strategy for Steel

  Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon and Chair of the Steel 2020 sub-committee of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Steel and Metal Related Industries, will today (Monday 23 January) publish the APPG's industrial strategy for steel: Steel 2020: Forging a future for the British steel industry. Continue reading

Welsh Government Showing Precisely The Sort Of Industrial Strategy That We Need

During the debate on the Effect Of Exiting The EU On Welsh Businesses, I raised the important steps that have been taken by the Welsh Government to support the steel industry and the need for the UK Government to follow their lead. Continue reading

Replacing The Energy Intensive Industries Compensation Scheme

One of the factors contributing to the perfect storm around the steel industry was the crippling energy costs. The Energy Intensive Industries Compensation scheme was introduced to help meet those costs. The scheme will come to an end in April 2017 and the Government committed in the 2016 Budget to introduce a set of exemptions from the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in-Tariff. We are still waiting for this. I have written to Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy calling for urgent action. You can read my letter: Continue reading

Steel Industry Is Looking Down The Barrel Of Having To Go Back To The Crippling Energy Costs

Today I questioned the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the replacement for the Energy Intensive Industries Compensation Scheme: Continue reading

Welsh Affairs Committee - Questions To The Secretary of State

Today the Secretary of State for Wales appeared in front of the Welsh Affairs Committee and I was able to question him on the replacement of the Energy Intensive Industries Compensation Package; steel procurement; and lessons for social services in England to learn from social services in Wales.  Continue reading

Steel: Back From The Brink

They say a week is a long time in politics; well, try 9 months. Back in March I flew out to Mumbai with Roy Rickhuss and other leaders of Community, the main steelworkers' union, to present the workforce’s turnaround plan to Tata Steel’s Board. The response we received was negative, and the next day Tata announced their plans to sell Strip Products UK, the heart of which is the Port Talbot works, in my constituency, unleashing months of uncertainty that has had a terrible impact on thousands of steelworkers and their families. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Hails Jobs And Investment Commitments By Tata Steel, But Notes Real Concerns About Proposed Pension Changes

Commenting on the news that steel unions have achieved a commitment from Tata Steel to secure the future of jobs and investment at Port Talbot and across Strip Products UK, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon said:  Continue reading

With Christmas Looming Large, It Really Is Time To Settle These Issues And End The Uncertainty Over The Future Of Strip Products UK And The Port Talbot Steelworks

Commenting on recent reports about the future of the Port Talbot steelworks and future investment, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon said: “Tata Steel should end the uncertainty over the future of Strip Products UK and the Port Talbot steelworks. Continue reading