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MPs meet Prime Minister over Tata Steel job losses

Nic Dakin
Image caption Mr Dakin said the government needed to stimulate demand for UK steel

North Lincolnshire MPs have met the Prime Minister to discuss plans to shed 1,200 jobs at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe.

In May, the Indian steel giant said it would be axing the jobs due to lack of demand for steel.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said the meeting was a chance to tell David Cameron how the job losses would affect the local economy.

Earlier this month, Business Secretary Vince Cable said he was unable to intervene in the decision to axe jobs.

In the past the steel giant has said demand for structural steel in the UK was only two-thirds of the level it was in 2007 and "is not expected to fully recover within the next five years".

As a result it proposed closing or mothballing parts of the Scunthorpe plant.

Speaking to the BBC after the meeting, Mr Dakin said: "The meeting was positive, I feel that he listened.

"I also feel that he has no magic wand, but he does realise that the area will need support and it would be helpful if his government looks positively on bids for enterprise zones and regional growth funds."

Mr Dakin was joined by Brigg MP Andrew Percy, Barton MP Martin Vickers and chairman of the Tata Steel task force John Clugston.

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