Jane Dodds MS Calls on UK Government to Support Liberty’s Welsh Steel Jobs

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Responding to the news that Liberty Steel is seeking to once again restructure its UK assets, including idling its Newport site, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

“It is extremely concerning that the Liberty site in Newport is set to be idled. While I welcome moves by Liberty to minimise any job losses, many will be concerned about the future of not only this site but the production of steel and associated products in Wales as a whole.

“One of the primary challenges that the Steel industry is facing is high energy costs, something which the Conservatives have utterly failed to confront or prepare for in the past.

“Domestic steel production and associated products such as Hot Rolled Coil (HRC) are vital to our national security, we need to see the UK Government take a much more hands-on approach to protect employment in the industry and to assist in the transition to the production of green steel.”