Keir Starmer has backed the ‘Britain, we need our steel’ campaign led by trade unions and urged the government to “act now to secure a prosperous and viable future for our steel industry”.
In a video message circulated on social media this afternoon, the Labour leader stressed the importance of the sector to the UK and told viewers that it is “not just an industry of our past”.
He took the opportunity to throw his support behind the campaign launched by Community, GMB and Unite earlier this year and emphasised that the Covid recovery for the country will rely heavily on its steel.
Commenting on the vital role of the sector today, the Labour leader said: “The steel industry and steel workers are the bedrock and pivotal to our entire manufacturing sector. Steel works are located in iconic towns and cities…
“It is in these steel works that the steel that goes into so much of the world is made. Steel can be found in iconic structures like the Kelpies and the Angel of the North and in items we use in everyday life – like our coins, our cars and our canned food.