There is further uncertainty for steelworkers in Scunthorpe emerging, as it is reported that the Chinese firm Jingye has expressed fresh interest in buying British Steel.

The company went into liquidation back in May, putting more than four thousand jobs at risk and thousands more in the supply chain.

In August it was revealed that a Turkish military pension fund Ataer Holdings was the preferred bidder for the business and a period of due diligence began.

While British Steel is not currently commenting, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy says meetings with other businesses are continuing.

In August the Official Receiver confirmed a period of exclusivity with Ataer Holdings to purchase the entire business and assets of British Steel and work is continuing to finalise the details. The Government continues to meet with a wide range of businesses as a matter of course.

BEIS spokesperson