Shadow minister for the steel industry Gill Furniss, left, with Jeremy Corbyn, right [Image: PA].

Shadow minister for the steel industry Gill Furniss, left, with Jeremy Corbyn, right [Image: PA].

The UK steel industry remains in crisis, in case anybody has forgotten after the events of the months since it was last in the news.

Jeremy Corbyn is wise to appoint a dedicated shadow minister, who will hold the Conservative Government to account for its actions – or lack of them – in defence of the industry.

Let’s all bear in mind that, when he was business minister, Sajid Javid chose to whoop it up in Australia rather than plead for British jobs in India when Tata Steel planned to close its factories here.

This raises another issue: While Javid was partying, Labour’s Stephen Kinnock was doing the hard work of negotiating with Tata’s businesspeople. But Mr Kinnock was a vociferous critic of Jeremy Corbyn during the Labour leadership election.

Is this appointment intended to snub him? Or is it sound planning, to sideline a potential liability?

Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Labour’s first frontbencher with special responsibility for the steel industry.

The Labour leader announced Sheffield MP Gill Furniss would be shadow minister for steel.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn appoints Sheffield MP Labour’s first ever shadow minister for steel industry – Mirror Online

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