Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has urged the government to act to protect steel jobs in the Black Country following news that Tata Steel has put its UK business up for sale. The decision means that the future of Tata’s factory in Wednesfield is uncertain. The factory employs 575 people.

Emma said: “Jobs in Wolverhampton are at risk with the news that Tata will sell its UK business. The steel crisis didn’t happen overnight. Yet this government has consistently failed to get to grips with the crisis and take the necessary action to support our steel industry. It has been asleep at the wheel.

“I am now calling on the government to consider taking temporary ownership of Tata’s UK business while a permanent buyer can be found. This will ensure that jobs are safeguarded in the interim. In the longer term, it is vital that the government identifies a buyer who can put the industry on a firmer footing and is prepared to invest in UK steel.

“The steel industry is a strategic asset for the UK. It has been a cornerstone of industrial life in the Black Country and without decisive action it could be lost for good.”