Scunthorpe Steel WORKS Campaign: Use our steel for HS2 deal - sign up to support it here

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Nov 2016

BRITISH Steel deserves the support of our Government … and today we ask you, our readers, to help us put pressure on Parliament to ensure all is done to bring one of the major contracts in the country to our region.

Sign up using the form in today's Scunthorpe Telegraph or here, below.

Last month, it was announced that the controversial high speed rail link, HS2 WILL be built and just this week the route for the second phase of the project, which will go from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds, was announced.

But will the steel in the creation of this massive project be made in Britain – and more importantly, in Scunthorpe? We want as many of our readers to sign our petition, launched today, that we will present to the Department of Transport demanding that the Government ensures that our steelworkers are given the chance to be a part of the major national project – and that this nation is seen to support its industries and skills.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin has already raised the issue in Parliament, praising the Scunthorpe Telegraph, one of three news organisations contributing to for the launch of this campaign. He told the House of Commons: "It is leadership in action and we want more of that. That is why I welcome the Scunthorpe Telegraph campaign for High Speed 2 to be built with UK, preferably British, Steel. The Scunthorpe Telegraph is adding its campaigning voice to mine and those of the Community union and others who have been making these arguments for some time. It is a very welcome move by a strong, campaigning local newspaper."

Meanwhile, British Steel bosses have confirmed they are in regular discussion with the Government on a number of issues and HS2 is one – a project, which they say has the potential to make a huge difference to the transport and economy of this country and British Steel can play a significant role in this.

And union bosses have spoken of how the winning of such a contract would mean more jobs and skills for Scunthorpe's newly-born British Steel.

Read full details of the campaign in this week's Scunthorpe Telegraph and sign up using the form in the paper or fill out the one below:

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