Speaking after a conversation this evening with Sajid Javid, Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union said:
“After leaving his meeting with Tata’s Chairman in Mumbai, Sajid Javid phoned to brief me on his discussions.
“I welcome the fact that the secretary of state informed me of the constructive conversation he had with Tata. I am pleased that he raised those issues I had raised with him before he flew to India.
“I am encouraged to learn that Tata have committed to be a responsible seller and to allow the time we need to secure a new commercial operator.
“This is a credit to the campaign our members have run over the past week.
“Now is the time to get to work. Community, the steelworkers’ union, has already begun working with independent experts to map out a plan for our steel industry. We look forward to continuing to work with government to build a sustainable future for steelmaking in the UK.”