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Hundreds of steel jobs in the Midlands at risk after Tata announcement

Hundreds of steel jobs in the Midlands are at risk with Europe's second largest steel producer Tata Steel expected to sell off its entire UK operation.

Six hundred people are employed at the company's site in Corby in Northamptonshire, with many more at various locations in the West Midlands, including Walsall and Wednesbury.

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Around 600 steel jobs at risk in Corby

Tata Steel announced on Tuesday night that it is considering selling off its UK business. Credit: PA

Around 600 steel jobs are at risk in Corby in Northamptonshire after Tata Steel announced on Tuesday night that it is considering selling off its UK business, ITV News understands.

The board of its European holding company has been advised to explore all options for restructuring, including the potential divestment of Tata Steel UK.

In a statement issued in Mumbai, Tata said it noted with "deep concern" the deteriorating financial performance of its UK subsidiary in the past year.

The Government said it is "working tirelessly" to find a long-term solution to the steel crisis.

Meanwhile the former deputy leader of the Labour party John Prescott has questioned why Business Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid is in Australia and not in the UK, with thousands of steel jobs under threat.

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