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William and Kate raise UK steel crisis with Indian PM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have discussed "the pressures facing steel manufacturers in the UK and India" with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources have told the Press Association.

The royal couple spoke to Mr Modi during a lunch meeting, as they continued their tour of India.

It comes as an emergency debate on the steel crisis is held in the Commons.

Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle accused the government of "indifference and incompetence" in dealing with the crisis, and an "ideologically driven reluctance to get involved as the crisis has deepened".

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Eagle: MoD projects using 'mainly imported steel'

Shadow business secretary Angela Eagle has criticised the previous Conservative-led coalition government for scrapping Labour's defence industrial strategy.

Shadow business secretary Angela Eagle during the Emergency Debate on the UK steel industry Credit: PA

She said the strategy had made British jobs and industries the first priority in MoD contracts.

She told MPs: "We now have the deeply regrettable situation of an aircraft carrier, British surface ships and armoured vehicles all being manufactured in the UK with mainly imported steel, when, with more planning, our domestic industry could have supplied these needs."

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