The visit follows the news that the Indian owners of TATA steel, which had operations in nearby Stocksbridge and Rotherham would be selling their UK plants putting 15,000 steel jobs across the UK at risk.
Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg today (31/03/16) visited the Outokumpu steel works distribution centre in Sheffield and met with Company Secretary Richard Waugh and Operations Manager Billy Race.
Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrat party said
“Sheffield is a city built on foundations of steel. I wanted to come and hear first-hand from people in the industry how people are feeling about the future of steel in the UK.
“Although the Liberal Democrats believe that the Government should be the lender of last resort to TATA steel, the Government should be prepared to step in to bridge any gap between TATA's ownership of the plant and a future buyer. Our steel industry is of strategic interest to the Sheffield City Region and the whole of the UK and if temporary nationalisation is needed to protect it then the Government should be prepared to act.”
Nick Clegg, Sheffield’s Liberal Democrat MP said
“George Osborne has put his special relationship with China above the UK's best interests. The Conservative Government have continually failed to take action and missed many opportunities to help the UK steel industry, such as taking steps to prevent dumping of cheap Chinese steel on the UK market.The Government must now act before more steel jobs across the UK are put at risk.”