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Business Secretary grilled by MPs over steel crisis

The business secretary has said that he would not have travelled to Australia and missed crisis talks over the sale of British steel plants, "if he had known how it would be reported."

Appearing before the Business Select Committee today, Sajid Javid said he did not believe a decision to immediately close the plants would be taken when he went on the March 29 trade mission.

"Obviously it was very far from home," he said. "I turned around and came back as quickly as I could."

He faced calls to quit after taking his teenage daughter on the trip to Sydney, instead of attending a meeting in Mumbai about the South Wales plant.

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Business Secretary to be questioned over steel crisis

The Business Secretary is to be questioned by MPs today over the crisis in the steel industry and the current efforts to save thousands of jobs.

Sajid Javid has already visited steel workers in Port Talbot. Credit: PA

Sajid Javid will appear before the Business Select Committee as the search continues to find a buyer for Tata Steel's UK assets.

Tata Chief Executive Bimlendra Jha, Gareth Stace of trade group UK Steel and Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community union, will also appear before the Committee.

Other witnesses will include Marc Meyohas of Greybull Capital, which is buying Tata's plant at Scunthorpe.

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community union, will also appear before the Committee. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Tata Steel works in Port Talbot on Tuesday to assure workers, unions and bosses of the Government's commitment to support the future of steel-making at the under-threat plant. Mr Rickhuss said the Prime Minister had "looked proud steelworkers in the eye and promised to do all he could to protect their jobs", and said his union would "hold him at his word".

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Steel crisis: Parliament recall petition hits 100,000

The petition has more than 100,000 signatures Credit: UK Parliament

A petition, urging the Prime Minister to recall parliament to discuss the UK steel crisis has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

The call to action was set up by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as the industry crisis escalated in the wake of Tata Steel's decision to sell off its UK assets.

The petition, which has only been live for one day, has now exceeded the number of signatures needed to be considered for a debate in parliament.

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PM: Government 'doing everything it can' but 'no guarantees'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government is "doing everything it can" to try to secure the future of steel making in Port Talbot and elsewhere in the UK but has warned "there can be no guarantees of success".

Speaking following an emergency steel crisis meeting to discuss the future of the industry after Tata Steel said it was selling off its UK assets he said the focus was now on finding a buyer.

After the meeting Cameron also tweeted that workers and their families would remain a "priority" while trying to find a solution to the current steel industry crisis.

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David Cameron to chair steel crisis meeting

The prime minister will chair a meeting in Downing Street to discuss the crisis gripping the steel industry amid growing fears of huge job losses.

The government is facing criticism over its response to a shock move by Tata to sell its UK assets.

The PM will chair a meeting to discuss the steel crisis

Around 40,000 jobs could be lost if no buyer is found for Tata Steel's UK business, according to analysis by the IPPR think tank.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "shocked " that business secretary Sajid Javid did not believe nationalising the industry could be the solution.

The Government turned down calls from the Labour Party to recall Parliament.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid cuts short Australia trip amid steel crisis

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Business Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid is cutting short his trip to Australia and returning to the UK because of the steel industry crisis.

He had been criticised by union officials and opposition MPs for not travelling to Mumbai to lobby the board of steel giant Tata.

The firm has decided to sell its UK assets, threatening thousands of job cuts.

Mr Javid was in Australia on a business trip and was due to speak at an invite-only meeting of business leaders in Sydney.

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