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.
Hundreds of families in the North East are struggling to come to terms with the impending closure of the SSI steelworks plant in Redcar.
The government has decided to allow the steel plant at Redcar to fail. A tough decision to make and obviously an unpopular one.
China's economy is slowing, and the aftershocks are being felt as far afield as Redcar.