Councillors to discuss steel crisis

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Councillors to discuss steel crisis

Councillors in Corby are to debate what help they can give to steelworkers faced with losing their jobs.

The local authority’s also looking at joining forces with┬áMP Tom Pursglove to campaign for the best deal for local steelworkers, to offer support and guidance to those affected by the changes, and to actively work to preserve jobs.

Mr Pursglove has already hand delivered a letter to the Prime Minister seeking his assistance.

He’s also visited the Tata site in Corby with Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise Anna Soubry MP who says tube making there does have a future.

Steel and tube making first came to Corby in the 1930s with the relocation of Stewarts and Lloyds to the then village.

The industry was nationalised by the Harold Wilson administration in 1967 before the 2nd Wilson government earmarked the Corby Steelworks for closure as part of the Bestwick Review in 1975.

Following the closure of the steelworks, the tube making plant has remained in Corby to date but employs a considerably lower number of employees.

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