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  1. National

Prescott: Where is Business Secretary during steel crisis?

Former Labour deputy leader John Prescott has questioned why Business Secretary Sajid Javid is in Australia and not at home in Britain while the country faces a crisis in its steel industry.

He tweeted last night that he felt it was "shocking" that he was not in the UK at this important time.


  1. Wales

Government asks for time to secure steel buyer

The Government is calling on steel giant Tata to give enough time for buyers to be found for its UK business in a bid to save thousands of jobs.

Anna Soubry has already said that the Government are doing everything they can. Credit: PA

Unions reacted with shock and anger at the company's decision on Tuesday night to sell its UK assets, including the country's biggest plant at Port Talbot in South Wales.

Labour has led calls for the Government to intervene to save the industry from total collapse, possibly by taking a public stake in the industry.

Business minister Anna Soubry said: "We want enough time to be able to secure a buyer. That will take months."

She insisted the Government is considering "all options" and raised the possibility of management and unions being involved in any future plans.

Union sources poured cold water on any talk of a management/union buyout.

  1. Wales

Steel union calls for urgent meeting with Prime Minister

Following last night's announcement that Tata Steel are to sell their entire UK operations, Community trade union has called for an 'urgent' meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The UK is now on the verge of a national crisis. Tata Steel withdrawing completely from the UK risks destroying our entire steel industry. That would be a disaster both for those communities reliant on steel jobs and our entire industrial base.

For any advanced, manufacturing economy, steelmaking capacity is not optional. Losing the ability to make steel would fundamentally change our economy forever.

Community has led the 'Save Our Steel' campaign thus far and today marks a new chapter in that fight.

Today, I am calling on David Cameron to meet with me urgently to discuss how his government and my union can work together to safeguard the future of our steel industry. Community stands ready to play our part in averting that national crisis - the Prime Minister must now stand up and play his role too.

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community
  1. Wales

UK 'in the grip of an industrial crisis' says union

The UK is in the grip of an industrial crisis, according to the leader of the Unite union.

Len McCluskey made the comments following the announcement last night that TATA steel plans to sell its entire UK steel operation.

Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union Credit: PA

We are now in the grip of an industrial crisis. Decisions taken in the days to come will determine not just the futures of 19,000 workers and their families, across 14 sites, but the very success of this Government's own economic programme.

This is the time for the Government to say categorically, without hesitation, that these assets will be taken into safe-keeping by the nation because without them our economy will not flourish.

We are already seeing jobs going in the supply chain because of the uncertainty over Tata's future - our fear is this will snowball if insecurity is allowed to swirl around our steel sector.

– Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union
  1. National

'It isn't just about Port Talbot anymore', says union head

Alan Coombes has warned the future of the entire UK steel industry is at risk Credit: ITV News

The chairman of the Port Talbot multi-union committee has warned revelations that Tata Steel is expected to sell its entire UK operation means the issue "isn't just about Port Talbot anymore" but "it's about the future of the entire UK steel industry".

Speaking in Mumbai after crunch talks with Tata Steel, Alan Coombes told ITV News the closure decision was "very disappointing" but there was still plenty to fight for as the industry's future hung in the balance.


Sirius Minerals publishes plans for North Yorkshire potash mine

Sirius Minerals has issued its 'blueprint' for the York Potash project. It defines the logistics of costs and timings. With a £2.4 billion investment, over 1,000 long term jobs will be created and a further 1,500 jobs will be available indirectly.

Sirius issues plans for North Yorkshire potash mine

The company will sink a mile-deep mine shaft in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, near Whitby. The mining firm wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash (a type of fertiliser) from beneath the moors and seabed.

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