West Midlands MEP James Carver has reacted angrily to the government’s failure to fight for the country’s ailing steel industry.
He spoke out after the news that steel processing firm Caparo, which has operations in the West Midlands, has gone into partial administration.
“It is not yet totally clear which parts of Caparo are affected and obviously I am particularly concerned about the potential impact on my constituents,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
“But is the wider, currently bleak, future of the UK’s once mighty steel industry and the government’s ineptitude in protecting it that angers me. They should have struck when, literally, the iron was hot, and fought for our steel industry instead of standing by and letting it die throwing thousands of workers on the scrap heap.
“The dumping of cheap steel from China has played a role in the situation and David Cameron, who is meeting the Chinese President Xi Jinping this week must tackle the issue with him as a matter of urgency.
“We are building closer and closer trade and business ties with China. That may or may not be the right course but it must not be at the cost of British jobs,” said Mr Carver.
“Other important factors that have led to this sorry state of affairs are the high cost of energy caused by Green levies and Climate Change legislation, and EU rules on state aid. These have bound the hands of our MPs and demonstrate just how impotent we are while remaining a member of the European Union,” he added.