Could the government step in to save stricken British Steel?

The loss of strategic industrial capacity – and well-paid jobs – suggests every avenue ought to be explored

To see the Scunthorpe steelworks in action is to witness British manufacturing prowess at its most visually stunning.

Huge slabs of steel, glowing orange with heat, flow seamlessly through the plant, destined to become anything from paperclips to the steel ropes that support the Humber Bridge. Even from a safe distance, the searing 1,000-degree temperature created by this round-the-clock process is uncomfortable to bear.

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