Whitsun Adjournment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:50 pm on 23rd May 2019.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland) 2:50 pm, 23rd May 2019

My hon. Friend is making an extremely important point about the steel industry. I am reminded of the closure of Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire in Scotland in 1992. That was a massive steelworks. I was born in 1989, and nearly 30 years on, the vast bulk of that site is still wasteland. A whole generation have grown up with the impact of that. The idea that we can just turn these industries on and off and that the people around them are not affected is totally wrong-headed. That is the economic vandalism that this Government’s laissez-faire approach is doing to communities if they do not intervene to save nationally strategic industries such as steel.