Northamptonshire Telegraph - protecting our steel industry

Delivered by Margot Parker on 11 December 2015

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To the Editor,

Dear Sir,

I read with interest your piece by Emma McClarkin MEP, 'Time running out for steel industry', and would appreciate the opportunity to respond.

Protecting the steel industry - close to the hearts of people in Corby - has been a long-term aim of UKIP.

It is something we in UKIP have raised concerns over for many months - indeed my colleague William Dartmouth, MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar, wrote to Commissioner Malmstrom about the issue after it was revealed anti-dumping actions against China by major economies had increased by 60 per cent since 2010.

Our energy spokesman and fellow UKIP East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer has also voiced his worries - only last month he called for action to help stop China dumping steel and costing British jobs.

The EU's process for implementing trade defence measures against Chinese steel dumping is too slow and is leading to the job losses seen in the UK over the past few weeks. Action must be taken and taken now. 

Yours faithfully,

Margot Parker, UKIP MEP for Northamptonshire.















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