More needed to help South Yorkshire steel industry - MP

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The Government must do more to help the South Yorkshire steel industry, an MP has said.

John Healey spoke during a debate in Parliament yesterday 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 - as well as helping with energy costs.

The MP for Wentworth and Dearne said: “After nearly five years of failing economic policies, Britain badly needs a successful steel industry.

Mr Healey said South Yorkshire steel-making was ‘innovative, internationally competitive and successful’ but ‘under great pressure’.

He added: “It is hampered by high energy costs and held back by the Government not doing all they can to back this great British industry.”

Tata’s speciality steels manufacturing, largely based in South Yorkshire, employs 2,250 people.

And 1,050 of those work in Rotherham.

Mr Healey said ways the Government could help the industry succeed in the future included easing energy costs, negotiating a good trade deal with America and committing to local economic benefit clauses on public projects.