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Keir Starmer: Great concern over Tata Steel, says prime minister

In a statement, Tata Steel’s UK chief executive Rajesh Nair congratulated Sir Keir on his victory and said he looked forward “to working with the new government on our shared goals of growing the production of green steel in the UK, and building a positive operating environment for this critical industry”.

Mr Nair added: “In the coming days and weeks we will be engaging with new ministers over our ambitious plans to invest in and transform Port Talbot with electric arc furnace steelmaking, and to supporting our workers through this necessary but difficult transition.”

Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens said Labour wanted more steel made in Wales and the UK.

“There is certainly a role for Tata to play in that and I want Welsh steel workers to be right at the front of that,” she told BBC Wales.

“There may well be some people who may want to take voluntary redundancy, but we don’t want to see any compulsory redundancies.”

Referring to Sir Keir’s visit to Wales, she said Labour’s landslide in the general election had created a “real mandate here for what we want to see, which is a cohesive United Kingdom with respectful, close working relationships between the first ministers, the deputy first ministers, ministers in Northern Ireland, and the prime minister”.

Additional reporting by Huw Thomas and Ben Price

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