Sarah Champion has spent the day in Parliament fighting alongside Labour MPs for the steel industry in her constituency and across the UK. After hearing from the Secretary of State for Business, Sajid Javid MP, at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel, Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham said:

The Government must act now to save our steel industry. David Cameron said that he is committed to finding a long-term sustainable future for British steel making but the inaction of his Government speaks volumes about their attitude to thousands of steel workers in South Yorkshire.

The Government's response has been too slow, even after they failed to take heed of MPs and trade unions about challenges faced by the steel manufacturing industry.

The Government must take proactive measures to stabilise the industry and build long-term confidence with steel customers. They must tackle the Chinese manufacturers dumping steel in the UK by working with the European Commission to level the playing-field through tariffs and state aid. The Government must work with Tata to ensure enough time is given to find a responsible buyer. Fundamentally, this Government must be prepared to provide short-term state intervention to ensure the long-term future of our industry.

Steel manufacturers in Rotherham and Stocksbridge employ hundreds of highly-skilled workers, producing speciality steel for our most elite industries. Warm words are simply not enough. This Government must act decisively to save our steel industry.

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