Visit to TATA SteelPosted: July 12, 2013
One of my 6 pledges is to support local business and work hard to support new jobs across Corby and East Northamptonshire.
On Monday 9th July I was pleased to welcome the Energy and Climate Change Minister to Corby to show him around the TATA Steel site in Corby. We were also joined by Community union general secretary Michael Leahy and TATA’s European operation director Remco Blaauw.
I invited the Minister during a recent debate in Parliament. I wanted him to visit the Corby site to see for himself how important energy intensive industries like steel manufacturing are to both our local and national economy.
TATA Steel employ 650 people in Corby and East Northamptonshire and in total hundreds of thousands of people in the UK work in energy intensive industries.
This is why it is so important that the government does all it can to support energy intensive industries across the country.
However, in France and Germany rival firms to TATA Steel pay half the price for their electricity, leaving UK firms at a big competitive disadvantage.
During the visit I pressed the Minister to act on this situation before we lose business to other European countries, and I will continue to raise this with the government.