Tata Steel to begin sale process by Monday

TATA Steel will begin the formal process of selling its UK plants - including those in Rotherham - by Monday, the business secretary has said.

Speaking after a meeting with company bosses in India, Sajid Javid, said a number of groups had come forward but only named Liberty Steel as being interested.

He said the meeting was “constructive and positive” and showed Tata was a “responsible company".

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Mr Javid was meeting Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry for the first time since the firm announced the sale a week ago.

Speaking during a visit to Tata's Aldwarke site on Monday, the business minister Anna Soubry said she estimated Tata could find a buyer within four to six weeks.