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LETTER: British steel for rail project
Only weeks after the closure of the Redcar Steel Works, and the loss of thousands of jobs in the steel works at Port Talbot, Scunthorpe, Rotherham and Sheffield, the Chancellor George Osborne has specifically asked China to tender for the supply of steel for the forthcoming HS2 (High Speed Rail project). This project will need literally millions of tons of steel over a period of time, with a £multi-million (if not £multi-billion) value. Keeping the production of this steel in the UK would present a golden opportunity to revive our steel industry. The message Osborne has sent, by personally requesting China to tender, is that the process will NOT be on a ‘level playing field’ for all. We may not be able to match China’s steel prices, but keeping people in work and not having to pay benefits should help bridge that gap. 2
 

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