13th April 2016

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has welcomed the handover of the Dalzell and Clydebridge steelworks to new owner, Liberty House, and the news that 150 jobs will be created in the immediate future.

The Scottish Government invested £195,000 to retain key staff at the plant and also negotiated business rates in order to attract interest in the plants and to allow production to resume as soon as possible.

The Scottish Steel Task Force was set up by the Scottish Government to find a new owner. Liberty House boss, Sanjeev Gupta, stated he was “very impressed” by the Scottish Government’s efforts.

Marion, a member of the Steel Task Force, was in attendance with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; Energy Minister Fergus Ewing; and SNP candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw, Clare Adamson on Friday to welcome Dalzell and Clydebridge changing hands.

Marion commented:

“This hails a new era for steel in Lanarkshire and Scotland.

I was delighted last year to be invited to sit on the Scottish Steel Task Force. We carried out the First Minister’s vow to leave no stone unturned in saving an iconic industry. Through working with businesses, public bodies and trade unions – we have done just that.

As a result of the Scottish Government’s actions, highly skilled and well-paying jobs have been retained in our community. But, this is also surely testament to the quality of the steelworkers in Dalzell and Clydebridge. Due to this, there remains a tremendous potential to forge a bright future for steel in Scotland.

As new owner, Sanjeev Gupta, said, there would have been no handover if it had not been for the involvement of the Scottish Government.

When the UK Government sits on its hands and allows the steel industry to crumble; the SNP will always be proactive in protecting our industries and jobs and will always stand up for Scotland’s interests.”