Tory leadership conspicuously silent in the face of thousands of job losses
Jeremy Corbyn has joined the chorus of Labour Party MPs calling for Parliament to reconvene to debate the crisis facing the British steel industry.
In a letter to David Cameron, he requested that the Speaker ‘recall Parliament at the earliest opportunity’ and that the PM convene a meeting of all relevant parties to discuss the range of possible solutions.
In his statement, Corbyn said:
“Steelworkers and their families will be desperately worried about the uncertainty. The Government is in disarray over what action to take. Ministers must act now to protect the steel industry, which is at the heart of manufacturing in Britain and vital to its future.
It is essential that the Government intervenes to maintain steel production in Port Talbot, both for the workforce and the wider economy, if necessary by taking a public stake in the industry.”
A number of other Labour MPs have voiced support for an emergency sitting:
— tom_watson (@tom_watson) March 30, 2016
— Gerald Jones MP (@GeraldJonesLAB) March 30, 2016
Parliament should be recalled to debate solutions to steel crisis. My constituents want to know why govt isn’t doing more. #SaveOurSteel
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) March 30, 2016
Not overstatement to say this is a national emergency. Parliamentary recall needed asap. #SaveOurSteel
— Carolyn Harris (@carolynharris24) March 30, 2016
However, the Conservative leadership remains conspicuously absent, not having sent a member of the cabinet to the talks in Mumbai. Particularly furious criticsm has been direct at Business Secretary Sajid Javid, who flew to Australia as the Mumbai talks got underway.
The Welsh Assembly has already been recalled, and will sit on Monday.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.