After weeks of inaction by the Tory government, Tory MEPs today voted against an important report that recommends a level playing field for the steel industry throughout Europe and proposes limiting the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.
South East Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds backed the report, which was passed by the European Parliament by 467 votes to 118. Anneliese had previously met with steelworkers from the Community Union to hear their concerns.
The report outlined the major issues facing the industry, including low steel prices, unfair competition and high energy prices, and calls for the development of a level playing field for the steel industry.
Anneliese Dodds MEP said:
"The Tory government's lack of leadership and poor support for UK steel is only worsening the crisis in the sector. It is an absolute disgrace that Tory MEPs voted against this report today when British and European steel production is in danger of disappearing and when people are losing their jobs.
"I am delighted this report was voted through - it is a strong signal from the European Parliament and we back its recommendations and hope that it can begin helping the steel industry."