News that Teesside Cast Products is definitely shutting down has been greeted with dismay by local Liberal Democrat campaigners.
Ian Swales prospective Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar constituency said, "I am shocked that, despite all the talk, there has been no solution to this problem. With the right intentions from the company and the Government, this site could have been saved and turned back into a world class steel producer. Closing the site is industrial, economic and social vandalism. The news is devastating for the area.
"It's now time for urgent government action. The package they have already announced will do little for the thousands losing their jobs or the thousands more already out of work. One of their first steps should be to move a major Government agency from the overcrowded South East to the Tees Valley. They have been promising this for years."
Lib Dem Leader on Redcar and Cleveland council Chris Abbott said, "This is a real setback for our area but we must continue to keep up the pressure on the Government to provide real jobs in our area."