#StandUpForSteel

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It is an absolute disgrace if Tata are rushing to close the BSPS to avoid their obligations

Commenting on reports that Tata steel are rushing to close the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) to avoid a £60m payment that is due into the scheme, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon said: “It is an absolute disgrace if these reports [that Tata are rushing to close the BSPS to avoid a £60m payment that is due] are true. Tata have not only legal, but also moral and social responsibilities to the members of the BSPS and the workforce across the UK.   Continue reading

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon - Question to Minister

Today I asked Jesse Norman a question on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and urged his government to approve the scheme, a vital project to ensure the future of our steel industry. Continue reading

Future of the Steel Industry - Westminster Hall

Today I took part in a Westminster Hall debate on the Future of the Steel Industry, my speech is included below, or you can watch it on the video at the bottom of the page. To view the full debate, click here  It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship  Mr Davies. I want to thank my friends, the Hon Members for Redcar and for Middleborough South and East Cleveland, for securing today’s debate and for their contributions. Continue reading

Market Economy Status for China and UK Steel Industry

My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for International Trade on Market Economy Status for China. Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK Steel industry of granting China market economy status. (50158)  Continue reading

EU Scrutiny Committee - David Jones

Today I questioned David Jones - the Minister of State for Europe on Brexit Negotiations, Market Economy Status for China and the Ports Sector - a transcript is below along with a video where you can watch the session again. Continue reading

Overseas Trade: China

My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for International Trade, on raising illegal steel dumping at a meeting with China.   Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will be part of the UK-China economic and financial dialogue meeting in November 2016; and whether the illegal dumping of steel by China will form part of the discussions at that meeting. Continue reading

Iron and Steel: China

My written Parliamentary question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Chinese dumping of Steel. Stephen Kinnock: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the illegal dumping of steel by China will form part of the discussions at the UK-China economic and financial dialogue meeting in November 2016. Continue reading

Trident, French Steel

STEPHEN KINNOCK: ON THE DAY WHEN THE PRIME MINISTER IS PAINTING HERSELF AS THE CHAMPION OF PATRIOTISM, WE LEARN OF THIS BETRAYAL OF THE BRITISH STEEL INDUSTRY AND STEEL WORKERS: THIS GOVERNMENT MAY KNOW THE PRICE OF FOREIGN STEEL, BUT IT CLEARLY DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF BRITISH INDUSTRY Continue reading

The rhetoric from the new Prime Minister has been positive, but it is just that, rhetoric. What our steel industry needs is action.

Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit to Wales and comments that she would help “the steel industry secure a long-term viable future in Wales”, said: “The Tory government have a record of warm words being matched by frozen actions. In the coming weeks the Prime Minister and new Secretary of State must show that is no longer the case. Continue reading

MP and AM call on the Government and Tata Steel to guarantee their long-term commitment the British Steel Industry

Aberavon Member of Parliament and Assembly Member call on the Government and Tata Steel to guarantee their long-term commitment the British Steel Industry, following Tata Steel’s announced intention to form a joint venture with ThyssenKrupp Commenting on the announcement by Tata Steel that they have decided to put the sale process on the back burner, and to explore the possibility of forming a joint venture with ThyssenKrupp, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, and David Rees, Welsh Assembly Member for Aberavon, said: “Steel workers and their families have been put through hell over the last weeks and months, and they will be forgiven for greeting today's announcement with a degree of scepticism, and concern. “Any developments that offer the possibility of investment and engagement that would secure a sustainable future for the British steel industry are welcome, in principle. However, in practice there are serious questions to be answered around the joint venture proposal. Continue reading