Wednesday 24 March 2021 / 3:18 PM Business / Energy / Lucy Powell / Steel

British steel needs “guarantees, not guff” as Labour accuses Prime Minister of “playing fast and loose with reality”

Labour has accused the Prime Minister of “playing fast and loose with reality” following his appearance at Prime Ministers’ Questions.

Despite Boris Johnson stating the government’s infrastructure plans were an opportunity for UK steel businesses, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not know how much UK steel is being used in the infrastructure projects he listed including HS2, offshore Wind and Hinkley C power station.

In addition, despite the government announcing a Clean Steel Fund in 2019 no money from the £250 million fund has been allocated to decarbonise the industry.

Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Business and Consumers Minister, said:

“Not for the first time the Prime Minister is playing fast and loose with reality. His own government can’t back up his claims on whether the steel used in UK infrastructure projects including Hinkley Point, and new wind farms is made in Britain.

“UK steelmakers and workers need guarantees not guff. That’s why Labour is calling for the government to introduce stronger Buy British guarantees in procurement notices, to maximise the benefits of infrastructure spending, save and create jobs, and boost prosperity in steel communities across the country.”