Steel has been at the heart of many of the communities within our constituency over the years, both directly with British steel, SSI, and Tata, and indirectly with hundreds of local companies that support the industry.
In July, Simon visited the fantastic team at Skinningrove, who recently supplied over 3000 tonnes of steel to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth. They are a fantastic example of what can be achieved with great management, a dedicated team and lots of hard work. Simon looks forward to supporting their future plans and is keen to see even greater things from them in the months and years to come.
Just four weeks after being elected to Parliament, Simon was elected to serve as the Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Steel and Metal Related Industries.
The APPG, made up of MPs from across the party spectrum, fight for a fair deal for the UK steel industry by working to raise its profile and the local people who rely on it, as well as formulating policies which will help the industry to thrive in the future.
In this role, Simon serves alongside Redcar MP Anna Turley, the APPG’s Secretary, and has written to the Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriet Baldwin seeking talks on how the Ministry of Defence can support the domestic steel industry by promoting the use of British steel in future projects.