The tariffs on steel from the UK and EU, imposed by US President Trump will cost the USA dearly in jobs, Caroline Flint has warned Parliament.
During a Commons Statement by Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, Caroline told the Minister:
“The last time there was a trade war like this, some 200,000 jobs were lost in the United States. What efforts has he made to identify and analyse the impact on the US economy? It seems to me that this is the biggest argument we can use.”
Mr Fox replied “I hope that our colleagues in Congress will listen to the views being expressed on both sides of the House.”
Speaking after the exchange, Caroline said: “In an attempt to tackle the dumping of Chinese steel on the world markets, the US President has imposed tariffs to make everyone’s steel 25% more costly; and aluminium 10% more costly.
“The UK accounts for just 1% of all steel imported by the USA; and 0.1% of their aluminium imports. What is more, the steel the UK sells to the USA is high quality steel used in manufacturing – steel they do not produce. This decision makes no sense – and the retaliation from the EU countries and the UK will only cost the US lost exports. I hope the US President can be persuaded to change course.”
In 2017, 7% of UK steel was exported the USA, worth £390million. Aluminium exports were worth £29million. The steel and aluminium industries support 37,500 jobs. The European Union has already filed a dispute with the World Trade Organisation, whose rules govern the terms of trade between nations.
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The tariffs on steel from the UK and EU, imposed by US President Trump will cost the USA dearly in jobs, Caroline Flint has warned Parliament. During a Commons Statement...
Caroline Flint joined Doncaster Ramblers this week on a guided walk around Hatfield Moor at the culmination of the Doncaster Ramblers Walking Festival 2018, which saw 27 walks completed in nine days.
Walkers were given a guide to the restoration of the Moors by Janet Canning, the Reserve Manager for the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve.
Said Ramblers Chair, David Gadd: “It was wonderful to have Caroline support our Walking Festival in its first year. This programme of walks has been a great success and hope to repeat the programme in the future.”
Speaking after the 6 mile walk, Caroline Flint said: “It was wonderful to end this Walking Festival in the wonderful setting of Hatfield Moors, covered in cotton grass as far as the eye could see.
“The Moors are very special. It was the success of the campaign to stop peat digging, which culminated in the Labour Government taking the Moors into public ownership, that made this long term restoration possible.
“I hope more people, especially schools, will take the opportunity to visit this special place and hear about the good work Natural England and its volunteers are doing.”
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PHOTO TOP RIGHT: Caroline Flint with Janet Canning and Doncaster Ramblers Chair David Gadd. Behind, the cotton grass, covers the wetland.
BOTTOM LEFT: the walkers on Hatfield Moor.
Caroline Flint joined Doncaster Ramblers this week on a guided walk around Hatfield Moor at the culmination of the Doncaster Ramblers Walking Festival 2018, which saw 27 walks completed in...
Following the Secretary of State’s announcement that the East Coast Main Line is to be brought back under public control after Virgin Trains and Stagecoach could not meet the necessary payments, Caroline Flint has demanded that the firms who failed to meet their contract should be barred from bidding for the new franchise in future.
The MP asked Transport Secretary Chris Grayling whether there should be consequences for the companies involved after they clearly undercut competitors to win the East Coast Main Line franchise in 2015.
When challenged, Mr Grayling refused to rule out handing over a future contract to Virgin and Stagecoach.
Said Caroline: “There is no way that Virgin Trains or Stagecoach, the partners in this failure, should be allowed to make the same mistakes again. They won a bid at the expense of their rivals to win a contract they could not fulfil. This was not “one mistake” as the Secretary of State said, this was a catastrophic failure.
“I travel this line every week and both at the station, and on the trains, the staff have always been more than friendly and helpful, regardless of their employer.
“I will continue to fight for the best service for Doncaster’s hardworking commuters and rail passengers, and will keep a very close eye on developments as they unfold.”
Stagecoach and Virgin Trains took over the franchise in 2015. Three years into an eight year franchise, they have handed the franchise back to the Government. This is the third occasion firms have failed to fulfil their contract in twelve years.
In 2005, GNER signed a £1.35bn, 10-year deal in what was then the biggest contract in European railway history. One year later it was stripped of the route. In August 2007, National Express agreed a £1.4bn deal, but then handed it back to the government in 2009. ECML was then government-run until Stagecoach and Virgin's £3.3bn bid in 2015.
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Following the Secretary of State’s announcement that the East Coast Main Line is to be brought back under public control after Virgin Trains and Stagecoach could not meet the necessary...