Jayne Bryant

Welsh Labour Assembly Member for Newport West Go to National Site
  • Home /
  • News / There must be a future for steel in Newport

There must be a future for steel in Newport

llanwern.jpg

John Griffiths and I called for assurances on the long-term future of Llanwern Steelworks following a meeting with First Minister Carwyn Jones and Tata staff in Newport this week.

At the meeting in Llanwern, the First Minister told workers that he was confident a buyer could be found for steel plants in Wales, but was pressing UK Government Ministers to take further action on steel- including considering the use of tariffs to protect the industry.

I welcomed the assurances from Carwyn Jones that he is committed to doing all he can within his powers to ensure a long-term future for Llanwern and the Welsh steel industry. The news emerging from Scunthorpe  - that Tata have agreed to sell their plant there, along with two mills on Teeside - is encouraging, and shows that there is still demand for the high quality steel we produce in the UK.

The onus is now on the UK Government to commit to a concerted period of action to protect a key strategic industry. Intervention to bring down energy costs is a vitally important step. Newport has always been a steel city and Llanwern is a key asset which we must protect.

Do you like this post?

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.