Back British steel Wentworth and Dearne MP call

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Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has called on the Government to do more to help the South Yorkshire steel industry.

He was speaking during a debate in Parliament last week when MPs passed a motion recognising the importance of the steel industry and calling for the Government to put together a plan for its future and help with high energy costs.

Mr Healey, whose constituency includes steel giant Tata at Parkgate in Rotherham, said 2015 would be a critical year for the British steel industry and added: “After nearly five years of failing economic policies, Britain badly needs a successful steel industry.

“We face a trade deficit – the difference between imports and exports – of £110 billion a year, but the steel industry made a positive trade contribution of £2.4 billion in 2013.”

Tata’s speciality steels manufacturing, largely based in South Yorkshire, employs 2,250 people with 1,050 in Rotherham and Mr Healey said South Yorkshire steel-making was “innovative, internationally competitive and successful” but “under great pressure”.