Steel union slams Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to British Steel works in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 12 May 2017

PRIME Minister Theresa May has come under fire from the main trade union on the Scunthorpe British Steel works following her visit to the site last night (Wednesday, May 10).

Roy Rickhuss, the general secretary of the Community union, slammed the visit as "just shameless electioneering".

He said: "Yesterday is the first time the Prime Minister has taken a personal interest in the steel industry, despite direct requests from us for her to do so, on a number of occasions since she took office.

Watch: Theresa May at the British Steel works in Scunthorpe

"The Prime Minister has always made it very clear that the steel industry is not a sufficiently high enough priority to warrant her attention and has just left things to the business department.

"Obviously we disagreed with her decision as we believe that the future of our steel industry is of national, strategic importance and indeed we welcomed the interest shown by her predecessor.

"I'm sure Theresa May wants a strong and stable industrial strategy, and if so, then she needs a strong and stable steel industry. That needs a government and a Prime Minister that thinks about the steel industry as more than just the location of its next photo opportunity."

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