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Govt urged to use Corus Redcar steel in public projects

Three Teesside MPs are lobbying the Government to use Corus’ Redcar steel in upcoming projects in a bid to save jobs at the troubled plant.

Vera Baird, Ashok Kuman and Dari Taylor have written to all ministers allocated a construction budget to request steel purchasing is brought forward.

Mr Kumar added: “The state is - at the end of the day - the biggest influence in UK infrastructure, and if all the proposals in the Building Britain’s Future programme are to come to fruition, there will be a huge demand for steel as the building blocks for such things as new power plants, bio-process plants, high speed rail lines and integrated flood defence systems for towns and cities.

“Teesside’s steel industry will benefit greatly from this approach, and this is why we are making this statement to ministers today.”

Ms Taylor added: “My mission is to do whatever it takes to save Corus.”

The steelmaker last week announced it planned to cut more than 2,000 jobs across its UK plants.