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Hartlepool Steel Plant Announcement

It's fantastic to hear the announcement that two Pipe Mills owned by Tata Steel in Hartlepool have been bought by the Liberty House Group safeguarding up to 140 local jobs and many more in the supply chain.

This rewards the skilled workforce in Hartlepool who are not only showing steelmaking can survive in the UK but that it is still a profitable core industry.

I am equally pleased to hear that Tata Steel will be investing £1 million in their remaining Tube Mill in Hartlepool to increase its capability to make high-strength steel tubes, reiterating their commitment to the UK business and their 270 Hartlepool employees. 

The government must now look to make significant investments to secure the UK as a world leader in the research, development and production of speciality metals - and, as I have called for many times, what better place to do that than right here on Teesside.

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