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Port Talbot steel could be used if new Heathrow runway approved

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Heathrow airport has pledged to use British steel if it is allowed to build a new runway, as Indian conglomerate Tata continues to assess bids for its UK assets.

A shortlist of seven bidders has been drawn up, with thousands of jobs resting on a successful sale, including over 4,000 at the giant plant at Port Talbot in south Wales.

Tata has not set a deadline for bids to be submitted, but a decision is drawing closer.

Heathrow chairman Lord Deighton will today visit the Severfield steel plant in North Yorkshire to confirm the pledge to advertise its requirements for steel in the UK.

An airports commission has recommended an expansion at Heathrow rather than Gatwick, but the Government has yet to give the go ahead.

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