Told that the UK steel industry was in crisis and challenged to take action on 15 September, the minister with oversight of the sector, Anna Soubry, told MPs of Redcar steel plant owners SSI:
The credibility of the Tories’ minister for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ seems to plumb new depths on a daily basis — with figures from his own (northern) back yard beginning to round on him.
The minister responsible for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has attempted to play down the death of the steel industry on Teesside as a “tragic distraction” from the government’s agenda.
The Tories’ minister for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has floundered when asked to explain why he hasn’t bothered to visit a steelworks which closed down this week — attempting to blame his absence on media interviews before it was pointed out that the press were gathered, errrr, outside the steelworks itself: Radio 5: People have asked me here why they […]
It’s 10:53am and the local steel plant has closed:
With devastation set to hit Teeside in the wake of 1,700 job losses at the local steelworks, the credibility of the so-called ‘minister for the northern powerhouse’ has sunk to a new low after he claimed the issue was “not his responsibility” — despite also being an MP for the area.
The so-called ‘Minister for the Northern Powerhouse’ failed to show up for a debate on the steel industry less than 24 hours before Redcar steelworks was effectively shut down — putting 3,000 northern jobs in peril.
The Tories’ so-called ‘Minister for the Northern Powerhouse’ has been forced to defend himself after Scrapbook and others accused him of being ineffectual — and effectively going into hiding after the Tories ditched election promises on rail improvements in the North.
So it turns out the Tories’ manifesto promises on the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ weren’t worth the paper they were written on — with promised rail electrification projects being, errr, ‘paused’ in a move dubbed the #NorthernPowerCut on Twitter. Here was the offer to northern voters: