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Government under fire as Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace to shut

The coke ovens and blast furnace at SSI steel works plant in Redcar, Teesside, are to close, as no viable offers have been put forward by potential buyers, the firm's official receiver has said.

The government has come under fire from MPs, local councillors and union leaders, who accuse ministers of failing to act to save the plant.

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Osborne attacked as Labour condemn Redcar closure

Labour's MP for Redcar has told ITV News the loss of 1,700 jobs as SSI closes down its plant on Teesside is an "absolutely devastating" blow for the steel-making industry.

A visibly emotional Anna Turley said she and the party would do "everything we can" to support workers and their families as they dealt with redundancy.

Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, condemned Chancellor George Osborne for going "to China signing off steel agreements there which should be based in Britain".

He called on David Cameron to step in "immediately" and save the steel workers after similar steps were taken by the French and Italian governments.

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