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Steel Industry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:09 pm on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West 12:09 pm, 26th May 2016

I declare a financial interest for the 30 years I worked in the steel industry and the pension I receive, although it is meagre compared to the amount I will be entitled to next year for 30 years in this House. Should we not recall that steelworkers have served the nation well in an industry that is usually dirty, usually dangerous and always skilled? It is right that we look at the situation—I respect the difficulties of this—and say that the nation cannot have a manufacturing base unless it is built on foundations of steel. Is there not something repugnant about expecting pensioners, who have given so much, to pay for this rather than expecting the nation, which owes so much to the steel industry, to do so?