British Steel

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:05 pm on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Liberal Democrat, Streatham 1:05 pm, 24th July 2019

We can be incredibly proud of our steel industry. It is of course a primary example of where industrial activism generally, on the part of the Government, is absolutely vital. If we see any form of Brexit, which the Secretary of State knows I oppose, it will of course be even more important that we have industrial activism. I am in no way agitating for his removal, but will he assure this House that if he is replaced in post in the next 24 hours, he will urge any successor not to turn their back on implementing a proper industrial strategy? Now is certainly not the time for a return to the Thatcherite economics that, frankly, saw the destruction of so many great industries in this country.