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Sir Keir Starmer is because of meet Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething

Sir Keir Starmer will go to Wales on Monday for the primary time since changing into prime minister, with talks specializing in metal job cuts.

He will meet First Minister Vaughan Gething on the Senedd amid concern for workers at the large Tata steelworks in Port Talbotthe place hundreds of persons are going through redundancy.

Sir Keir’s new Labour authorities has stated there’s “a better deal available” with Tata however warned newer applied sciences would make use of fewer folks.

Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens stated his go to was about having “respectful, close working relationships” with governments throughout the UK.

Ahead of the go to, Mr Gething informed BBC Radio Wales Breakfast that the earlier Tory authorities was an “aggressive competitor”, not a partner.

“The incontrovertible fact that there will be a completely new relationship can be an actual profit,” he said.

On Tata, Mr Gething would not be drawn on how many jobs he expects to be saved by negotiations with the new government, but said he did not want to see any compulsory redundancies.

“Tata have gone ahead with lots of their plans and I think we can be confident that Tata wanted to finalise their plans with the former UK government still in office,” said Mr Gething.

“Now there’s a different government with a different mandate with more [money] available to co-invest with the company.

“However, that does mean we want a better deal than the one they had with the Tories.”

Port Talbot’s Tata metal plant future a ‘main precedence’ – Reynolds

On funding for HS2, the primary minister stated designating tasks that solely profit England as England and Wales tasks is “obviously a problem”.

However, when requested in regards to the UK Labour authorities giving no ensures that Wales would obtain any extra HS2 funding, Mr Gething stated he needs to see equity within the system “moving forward”.

In a press release forward of the go to, Sir Keir stated: “Wales has enormous untapped potential ready to be unleashed.

“Working in lockstep with the Welsh government and Vaughan [Gething]my government will place the people and communities of Wales front and centre as we move towards a decade of national renewal.

“That means turning the page on years of economic hardship, towards genuine shared prosperity for working people, so they see and feel real tangible change in their lives.”

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In a press release, Tata Steel’s UK chief govt Rajesh Nair has congratulated Sir Keir on his victory and stated he seemed ahead “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.”

Ms Stevens stated Labour wished extra metal 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 informed 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 go to to Wales, she stated Labour’s landslide within the common 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”.