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 farcical tragicomedy of Tory MP James Wharton’s blundering tenure as minister for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ knows no bounds – his latest cack-handed attempt at damage limitation as Teesside’s steel industry collapses is a bizarre boycott of his local daily paper.
With their local steel plant closing with the loss of at least 1,700 jobs, Middlesbrough F.C. had a new chant to entertain themselves on their 568-mile round trip away schlep to Cardiff this week. Sung to the tune of Lord Of The Dance:
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.
After his colleague (the inept minister for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’) stated that 1,700+ job losses were “not his responsibility” a Tory cabinet minister has finally dared to visit SSI steelworks on Teesside — but unfortunately seems to think he is in the North West. Said Javid on World At One:
Multi-millionaire Thatcherite Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has been offering pearls of wisdom on the massive job losses at Redcar steelworks, claiming that an intervention by the government — as in Italy — would be “bad economics”:
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.
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