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Lobbying MP over Steel Quota Restrictions

By 1st December 2022High Peak Steels News

My letter to Parliament calling for help around the challenges the UK steel industry is facing has now received a positive response from our local MP Robert Largan. I informed the minister that global steel supply is massively disrupted because of the war in Ukraine. Adding to this is the rising import quotas, shipping costs and decline of Liberty Steel all of which have made UK steel supply chain unstable and challenging.

On Friday 25th November 2022 I was contacted by our local MP, for High Peak, Mr Robert Largan.

Mr Largan has previously shown support for local businesses, and he was interested to learn more about High Peak Steels and understand about both the successes and the challenges we have faced over the past few years. We discussed in some detail the difficulties steel importers and distributors, like us, have endured. In addition, we highlighted the affect this has on UK manufacturers; namely you our customers.

Mr Largan has promised to interact with the secretary of state for business, Grant Shapps, to explain the ongoing issues the steel sector faces, and he will use High Peak Steels example, along with many engineering based companies who are facing the current challenges, to attempt to address these issues. Of course, I, like you, realise there are some factors we cannot control! However, Government quota restrictions on imports of steel materials are clearly barriers to trade, that need moving. He has committed to making a determined effort to specifically address opening up those quotas for the supply of steel into the UK.

I am pleased to have received such a positive response and am grateful to Mr Largan for his ongoing commitment to our plight.

Once I have further news, I will update you and hope to confirm a positive outcome.

Mark Thornley
Managing Director, High Peak Steels

Photo of Mark and Anne Thornley with local MP Robert Largan at High Peak Steels

Mark and Anne Thornley with local MP Robert Largan