Back British steel Wentworth and Dearne MP call

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”.