Sajid Javid to meet steelworkers at Port Talbot

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has stressed the government's committment to helping solve the Tata Steel crisis. Credit: PA Wire

Sajid Javid will travel to Port Talbot on Friday to reassure steelworkers that the government is "on their side" amid intense criticism of his handling of the crisis.

The business secretary cut short a trip to Australia to return to the UK after Tata announced its decision to sell its UK operation.

Mr Javid, who has faced calls to quit, said he will tell workers that “all ministerial, official and diplomatic levers” will be used to secure a solution and save the industry.

He will also meet unions, MPs and members of the Welsh government to discuss a plan to find a buyer for the beleaguered plant.

The sale of Tata Steel's UK assets is expected to result in thousands of job losses. Credit: Reuters

Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr Javid said:

Commenting ahead of Sajid Javid's visit to Port Talbot, a spokesperson for the steelworkers' union Community said: