Responding to the news that Tata Steel plans to divest its remaining UK assets, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said:
“First and foremost my thoughts are with the thousands of Tata workers and their families affected by this news.
If UK steel is to have a future the government needs to act fast to save the industry and the jobs of these workers.
I am glad they are considering all options and hope this is a sign that they have learnt the lessons from the closure of the SSI plant in Redcar last year. I am angry, as all Teessiders will be, that they weren't so willing to act to save the Redcar plant.
It has taken the tragedy of losing Redcar steelmaking to make the government realise that steel production is a vital economic interest, particularly as a foundation for advanced manufacturing.
No more prevarication, they must act.”