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Regional daily launches campaign to save steelworks

A regional daily has launched a campaign to save a steel plant on its patch from closure.

The Leader, which runs three editions covering Chester and North Wales, set up an online petition after news broke that 850 jobs could be at risk at Tata Steel’s Shotton plant, in Deeside.

The NWN Media-owned newspaper plans to send the petition not only to Tata Steel, but also to the Welsh Assembly and Westminster.

The Leader has also printed posted for readers to display in their windows, pictured below.

Leader steel

The Leader was previously at the forefront of a campaign in the fight to save the 12,000 steelmaking jobs in the 1970s.

Local councils, civic leaders and local businesses have all pledged their support to have the threat of closure lifted from Shotton, which is currently a profit-making concern.

​Editorial manager Alan Davies, said: “As the Leader is at the heart of the community we are well aware of the impact of the loss of so many jobs​ would have in the area​.

“We can’t allow such an important part of our industrial heritage go without a fight.”