Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Steel, Tom Blenkinsop, has welcomed the news that Tata have completed the sale of their long products division to Greybull.
The sale, which will bring back the name British Steel, includes sites in Scunthorpe, York and Workington as well as the Teesside Beam Mill and Skinningrove.
Tom said: “The completion of the sale is good news for the North, it has secured jobs in Scunthorpe, Yorkshire and here on Teesside.
“Workers at the sites have played their part in making this sale happen by accepting changes to their terms and conditions, the government must not let them down by refusing to take any meaningful action on business rates and high energy costs.
“Despite this good news the UK steel industry is still at risk, a quick sale of Tata’s remaining business could jeopardise the long term future of the blast furnace at Port Talbot and locally mills in Hartlepool remain at risk.
“There are also serious questions over the government’s handling of the closure of SSI in Redcar and I will continue to ask why it took the closure of the plant and thousands of job losses before the government took any action.”