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
Five committees (Business, Innovation & Skills, Energy & Climate Change, European Scrutiny, Welsh Affairs, and Work & Pensions) grilled Anna Soubry on steel and the impact of a Brexit. Topics included the lesser duty rule, steel exports to Europe, Chinese dumping, state aid, and the pension scheme going into the pension protection fund. You can read my contribution to the debate below: Continue reading
Today I asked Anna Soubry MP for an update on the Tata Steel pension consultation. Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon): The issue of pensions is very important in the context of not just BHS, but Tata Steel. The consultation finished on 23 June. Will the Minister please update the House on where we are with the pensions scheme, and also reflect on the fact that the trade unions and many others have said that putting that scheme into the Pension Protection Fund would be a complete disaster? Continue reading
Today I asked a question relating to the Tata pension scheme during the statement on Steel by Sajid Javid. Stephen Kinnock: There has been some speculation in the media that Tata steel may in fact decide to retain the business, could the SoS explain if that were to come, what role Tata Steel would play in this issue of the pension scheme? Continue reading
Watch the full debate hereI want to start by thanking you, Madam Chair for granting today’s debate and congratulate the Hon member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland for securing this debate. There are many familiar faces in here, Madam Chair, and that is no surprise as Labour members in this House have raised the issue of steel well over 220 times since last May. And the Save Our Steel Campaign has been exerting real pressure for over a year now. Continue reading
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