Local MP Jamie Reed said:
"I have been working with the employees to try and secure the future of the business in Cleator Moor.
"On four separate occasions I had a meeting arranged with the minister and on four separate occasions that meeting was cancelled."
He added: "I think this work force have been treated in a despicable way by the government.My aim now is to work with the local authorities and local businesses to try and get support for a employee buy out. That's what the work force want to spend their redundancy money on."
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