Responding to reports that Evraz, the steel and mining giant, is due to receive a £45m loan from Britain’s export credit agency, local Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop said:
“Whilst it is good that workers in Sheffield might benefit from this loan, I fail to see why the Government seems impotent when it comes to providing financial support for steelworkers directly here in the UK, and in particular those 1700 steel workers across Teesside who are losing their jobs
“Steelworkers on Teesside will be furious that taxpayers’ money is being used in this way. David Cameron and his Government have been silent on the crisis at Redcar and this is just another kick in the teeth.
“As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel, I have written to the Prime Minister to raise my concerns over how this money is being used, particularly in light of what is happening on Teesside and whilst the UK steel industry is essentially on its knees.”