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Johnny Vegas backs steel workers

Johnny Vegas with staff at the Crown Hotel in Bawtry
Johnny Vegas with staff at the Crown Hotel in Bawtry
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St Helens funnyman Johnny Vegas has weighed in to the debate about the axe-threatened Welsh steel plant.

Johnny, real name Michael Pennington, took to Twitter to call for more support for workers at the Port Talbot plant.

Workers waiting to speak to Business Secretary Sajid Javid as he leaves'Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales

Workers waiting to speak to Business Secretary Sajid Javid as he leaves'Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales

The comic is one of the first high-profile figures to offer his support to the Welsh plant.

And in a series of tweets he argued that Government support is essential to secure the future of the British steel industry.

“It’s not being allowed a decent playing field and we are one of the few countries not supporting initiatives to block over funded cheap Chinese steel intent on closing down all competition,” he said.

“Long term it can make money, short term, industry, skills passed down and communities need our backing.

“The banking system has been, and continues to drain tax payer’s money, but global capitalism dictates that they will always be bailed out because our the current notion of trade can’t survive without them.

“The steel industry is but a whisker on a natt’s arse compared to what banks have cost the tax payer.”