Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (25th April 2012) said that industry on Teesside ‘have been let down badly’ by the government as figures showed a 0.2% drop in output – meaning that the UK is back in recession.
“Only a few short days ago Teesside was celebrating as SSI cast the first hot metal from the Redcar Blast Furnace and the first steel slabs cast at Lackenby. Tata, too, said that new orders for steel pipe were also good news for Teesside. But the efforts and hard work of these companies – hard work and grind replicated by other firms in this area – is being undermined by a government whose indolence in their stewardship of the economy is undermining all of their efforts. It is proof positive that the views of a Commons Committee that the government has ‘no strategy for leadership and are drifting’ are spot-on. George Osborne should now really consider his position in the light of these dreadful figures.”