Jeremy Corbyn: I'd go to Beijing to stop China dumping steel
Labour leader attacks government’s approach on visit to ailing Scunthorpeplant and calls for WTO to intervene
Jeremy Corbyn visits the Tata steel plant in Scunthorpe.Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA
杰里米·科尔宾访问斯肯索普的塔塔钢铁工厂。照片: AnnaGowthorpe / PA
Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be willing to go to Beijing if necessary to continue lobbying China not to dump steel at under cost price,following a visit to a plant in Scunthorpewhere 900 job losses were announced last week.
The Labour leader accused the government of being in thrall to “the idea of aglobal market economy” and called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) tointervene after he toured the Tata steelworks on Thursday.
“Steel is the basis of all manufacturing industries. It’s the basis ofeverything that we make in this country,” Corbyn said.
He also attacked the government’s economic approach: “They have a philosophywhich says basically that anybody can produce anything, anywhere and send itanywhere around the world. So we have dumped Chinese steel being sold under theprice of production, which is of course ruinous to our industries. It requiresintervention from the government and political pressure on the Chinese. It alsorequires the WTO to do something about it. Otherwise we all lose.”
Corbyn said the steel crisis undermined the personal mission of the chancellor,George Osborne to rebalance England’seconomy away from Londonand the south-east. “The whole northern powerhouse idea, as I understood it,was that there would be economic generation across the north of England, thecreation of a powerhouse that would be a combination of local government,economic industry and training. And if you destroy a crucial part of thatthree-legged stool, namely the manufacturing industry, then you don’t have anorthern powerhouse,” he said.
科尔宾说钢铁危机削弱了大臣乔治•奥斯本(George Osborne) 的个人使命，而他的使命就是让英格兰的经济远离伦敦和东南部地区，实现再平衡发展。“这一整个北方强国理念,就按照我的理解而言,就是英国北部的确会迎来经济时代,而强国的建立也就是当地政府、经济产业和培训相结合的产物。如果你摧毁了这三者中任意一个至关重要的部分,也就是制造业中的任意一部分，那你就不会拥有北方强国了,”他说道。
Angela Eagle, the shadow business secretary, accompanied Corbyn on his visit.She said the northern powerhouse would be “very floppy” without British steel,and that Conservatives did not care about steel because so few of their MPsrepresent industrial areas.
“If there were steel works in Witney then David Cameron would have acted bynow,” Eagle said, referring to the prime minister’s Oxfordshire constituency.
She said ministers were too ashamed of their inaction to come to Scunthorpe and meet the workers at risk of redundancy. “Ijust think they don’t want to look the people in the eye whose jobs theirneglect is putting at risk,” she said, accusing her government counterpart,Sajid Javid, of being philosophically opposed to the government intervening inanything.
In his speech to the Conservative party conference in October, Osborneannounced the creation of an infrastructure commission to invest in largebuilding projects of national importance, headed by the former Labour peer LordAdonis.
Eagle said the steelworks at Scunthorpe and Redcar,where 2,200 jobs will go when the plant closes, were strategic national assetsand should be protected.