Coryton to close

Administrators have been unable to find a buyer for the Essex site, and have confirmed that it will be converted into an import terminal.

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Calls for summit to save Essex refinery

An Essex MP has called on the Prime Minister to convene an summit to help save the Coryton oil refinery near Basildon.

Stephen Metcalfe, the Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock was speaking at Prime Minister's Question Time where William Hague was standing in for David Cameron.

Administrators have told employees at the refinery that it's likely 180 of the 500-strong workforce will be made redundant next week. The plant's parent company went into liquidation at the beginning of the year.

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Refinery workers 'feel let down'

Workers at an Essex oil refinery set to close with the loss of hundreds of jobs feel "let down" by the Government. Unite said its members at the Coryton site also felt they had been "led down the garden path" by administrators.

Workers staged a protest outside the energy department in London, before a meeting between union officials, Energy Minister Charles Hendry and local politicians.

Refinery workers protest in London

Workers from Coryton Oil refinery have protested outside the Department for Energy calling on the Government to do all they can to save jobs at the plant.

The protest follows an annoucement last night that up to 180 jobs could go after the plant's parent company went into liquidation at the beginning of the year. Today union officials met the Energy Minister to ask for government money to help safeguard jobs.

No bail out for Coryton refinery

The government says it won't bail out the struggling oil refinery at Coryton in Essex. The plant's parent company went into liquidation at the beginning of the year putting 850 jobs at risk. It's been described as a kick in the teeth for the workers.

The union had hoped the government would help out until a buyer could be found. Watch Hannah Pettifer's report.

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