Commenting on the news that the former SSI Steelworks in Redcar will undergo a ‘Hard Closure’ Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel said:
“This is devastating news for the 2,200 workers who have lost their jobs, my thoughts go out to those who have lost their jobs and their families. This is a dark day for Teesside and East Cleveland, the repercussions will be felt through the supply chain and the local economy.
“The government have sat on their hands while thousands of people have lost their jobs, there was a viable offer on the table to maintain the coke ovens but the government failed to listen, they just went through the motions. The Government have abandoned Teesside.
“To add further insult to injury, the increased number of redundancies will decrease the already meagre steel aid package, as redundancy payments are included in the £80 million figure. The government must reconsider the £80 million package as thousands more people could lose their jobs with contractors and suppliers.”