Responding to the news that British Steel has entered insolvency, Labour and Co-operative MP for Redcar and Secretary of the Steel APPG, Anna Turley, said:
“This is devastating news for hundreds of workers on Teesside and thousands more in the supply chain and across the whole business. So many people gave their heart and soul into getting British Steel up and running and it was such a positive story after a tough time for steel on Teesside.
“Three and a half years after the loss of SSI, it is a disgrace that we are here again fighting for steel jobs. The lessons of that terrible closure must be learned. We cannot allow thousands of skilled jobs and strategic industrial assets to be lost again.
“Greybull are thankfully no longer running the business, leaving space for those committed to the industry and its workforce to step in. It is vital that the government now works with the official receiver and keeps the facilities in Teesside and Scunthorpe going.
“As we know in Redcar, once its lost its gone for good, leaving behind huge costs for families, the local community, and extortionate clean-up costs.
“This is also a question of priorities. If ministers can find £50 million for a ferry contract with no ships, they can find the money to support this strategic British industry and thousands of jobs. They must act.
“This morning I have spoken to the Secretary of State and have urged him to ensure his government steps up and protects these jobs. We must also come together with a new taskforce on Teesside to support the workforce through this uncertain time, in the same way the SSI Taskforce brought all local partners together in 2015.
“The cost of government inaction will be devastating. Letting another British steelmaker to go to the wall is unthinkable.”