Jeremy Corbyn is to call for immediate state intervention in Britain’s declining steel industry this weekend in a speech that will also also seek to explain his patriotic vision for Britain.
The Labour leader will urge David Cameron and George Osborne to part-nationalise the sector, following the loss of 4,000 jobs in October. The industry has blamed cheap Chinese imports for a collapse in steel prices.
Reacting to some internal party criticisms that he has failed to show pride in Britain, Corbyn will also claim that Labour stands for some of the country’s greatest traditions, including trade unionism, the suffragettes and individuals such as the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, the athlete Mo Farah and the Beatles.
Corbyn’s intervention in the debate over steel comes as he prepares to raise the role of Indian companies with the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, at a meeting on Saturday.
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