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SSI: MP's fury after 240 steel workers laid-off mid-shift

A vigil has been held in support of Teesside steelworkers Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Insolvency Service has been criticised after 240 people who thought they were being kept on at the SSI steelworks in Redcar were sent home in the middle of their shifts on Thursday, October 8. MPs have claimed that the Insolvency Service mistakenly told too many of the workers that they still had a job.

Earlier in the week it was announced that 650 workers would be retained at the Redcar steelworks to keep the coke ovens in operation. However, it is thought the official receiver told 890 steelworkers that they were being kept on.

Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop and Redcar MP Anna Turley claim the official receiver retained more workers than were announced in error. However, the Insolvency Service said all onsite staff "at the time liquidator was appointed" were kept on for health and safety reasons.

Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees this evening at a vigil held in support of Teesside steelworkers, Mr Blenkinsop said "the community feels like there has been a bereavement."

He said the people of Teesside have had their identity "attacked" and their livelihood "taken away from them".

It is claimed 240 people were told they had been made redundant and asked to leave the steelworks site mid-shift. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Addressing the claim that workers were made redundant in the middle of their shifts, Mr Blenkinsop said Redcar MP Anna Turley and union representatives had been left to "pick up the pieces" of the people put in charge to deal with the liquidation of SSI UK.

In a statement, the Insolvency Service said the official receiver "has now been able to assess staffing requirements and has reduced the number of employees to the level required to keep the site operating safely while he carries out his duties.”


Death row grandmother reaches appeal fund target

Lindsay Sandiford's letter Credit: Facebook

A grandmother from Redcar on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling has written a letter from her prison cell thanking her supporters for raising enough money to allow her a retrial.

In the letter Lindsay Sandiford said a recent visit by her family has helped her mood.

I have to tell you my spirits have recently been lifted by the visit of my sons and their partners and a very special little girl Ayla Iris my grand daughter. She has without exception melted the hearts of everyone here. I am so in love with her. It was truly very special. I want to thank everyone who helped facilitate my families trip to Bali. You know who you are and I mean it from the bottom of my heart."

Lindsay Sandiford in 2012 Credit: PA

The 59-year-old's lawyers had previously been told her name was on a list of ten drug traffickers scheduled to be shot on September 21.

She had now instructed her lawyers to appeal against her sentence.

I also wanted to let you know over $50K has been raised and this now enables me to start the appeal and my Indonesian legal team are now preparing instructions for the experts to prepare reports. I am informed the (appeal) will not be in the too distant future. Your prayers, messages and support and I thank you all very much.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Bali in January 2013 for drug trafficking.

She was arrested in May 2012 after police found cocaine worth an estimated £1.6 million in the lining of her suitcase when she arrived on the idyllic island.


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