Responding to the announcement by SSI UK that iron and steel making facilities on Teesside will be mothballed and more than 1700 jobs lost, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said:
“My heart goes out to the 1,700 workers and their families who have lost their jobs today. It is devastating news after the fight over the past few years and recent weeks and days to keep steelmaking on Teesside.
“It is now the government’s duty to step in and secure our steelworks, preserving the integrity of blast furnace so that steelmaking is not gone for good. The plant is national asset and must be rescued and protected. Wages and pensions must be paid and suppliers must be underwritten. The industrial marvel that is Redcar blast furnace cannot simply be allowed to fall over.
“Over 150 years of toil and endeavour in forging steel in the heat and the light, has come down to few days of desperate fighting. The people of Teesside have shown their commitment to our steelworks and the government must now do the same.”