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Liberty interest in Tata unaffected after EU vote

Britain's decision to leave the European Union has not affected Liberty's interest in bidding for Tata Steel, ITV Wales understands.

Liberty say their position on Tata Steel remains unchanged. Credit: PA

It's believed the Newport based steel group have always been confident in their "robust model", regardless of whether the UK voted in or out.

They also say there is now a "stronger case" for a strong, independent, UK owned steel business, following Thursday's vote.

However, Labour MP for Aberavon, Stephen Kinnock, has said the result left "serious concerns" over the future of the steel industry and could affect potential bidders coming forward.

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has expressed concerns for the steel industry following the vote. Credit: PA

I'm deeply concerned about this result about the future of the steel industry. Uncertainty is the enemy of business and we're looking at an industry which is already battling for survival hanging by a thread in many ways. I'm terribly worried that this vote could be the one that cuts that thread we must now hear from the bidders whether they're staying in and there's rumours that they're not going to be.

– Stephen Kinnock MP, Labour, Aberavon

Kinnock: 'I believe Corbyn should go'

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has said he believes Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should resign in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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It comes after Mr Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn as shadow foreign secretary after reports he was co-ordinating a movement to unseat the party leader.

Jeremy Corbyn said has no intention of stepping down as leader of the Labour party, a spokesman said today.

Mr Kinnock told Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan that the party needs a 'hard-headed negotiator'.

I think that what we need now is a hard-headed negotiator. Jeremy is a man of enormous integrity and decency and he has been very effective as a campaigner on issues that he has got a real interest in campaigning on for many, many years.

The job description has changed, these Brexit negotiations are going to dominate British politics for the next three, five, ten years and we need a Leader of the Opposition who really understands that in terms of how the EU is going to work and also ensuring that we’ve got a co-ordinated approach

– Stephen Kinnock MP, Aberavon

He added that the job to lead the opposition party following the EU referendum has 'changed completely'.

"These are extraordinary times, unique and unprecedented and the leader of the Labour party has to reflect that".

Mr Kinnock also added he did not consider himself as a candidate for the role.

There are lots of very, very talented people in very senior positions. I’ve only been an MP for one year, the key thing now is to look at what the candidates have got to say, set their stall out and what I think is very important is that they frame that in the context of Brexit."

– Stephen Kinnock MP, Aberavon

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Steel workers set to march to put pressure on UK government

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Hundreds of steelworkers are to stage a march in London to keep pressure on the Government to help secure the future of their crisis-hit industry.

Workers from plants across the country will gather on May 25 before walking past Downing Street and Parliament.

Those taking part work for several companies, including Tata, which is selling its loss-making UK assets, including the huge plant at Port Talbot in south Wales.

The steelworkers will demand that the Government works to ensure a responsible sale of Tata Steel and deliver a proper industrial strategy to support the entire steel sector throughout the current crisis.

For months, the Save Our Steel campaign has engaged hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.

This march will bring steelworkers to London to focus all our attention on delivering a clear message to government: save our jobs, support our communities and deliver the fantastic future for British steel making we know it can have.

– Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community union

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UCATT union: 'Members won't stand idly by'

UCATT members employed by Tata Steel have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

It's due to a running dispute over the company’s plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme.

UCATT members voted 95.1% for strike action and by 94.9% for action short of strike action on an 80% turnout.

This result shows that members are not going to stand idly by and allow Tata to close their pension scheme.

It is now imperative for Tata to swiftly return to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.

– Nick Blundell, Regional Secretary for UCATT Wales and South West Region
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