MARIE Rimmer MP says St Helens Chamber closure is another sign that the government’s efforts to "support business in Northern towns like ours have failed", as politicians reacted to its closure.

Following the news that St Helens Chamber went into administration yesterday, the Star approached both St Helens MPs to get their views on the closure.

The majority of the Chamber's 71-strong workforce have lost their jobs.

Marie Rimmer, MP for St Helens South and Whiston, said: “St Helens Chamber has been a leading chamber and to see this is very sad, it has been a part of our town’s business community for many years.

“There are many businesses that have had tremendous help and support in developing and sustaining their companies.

“I am deeply concerned about the impact that this is going to have on more than 70 staff who work at the Chamber.

"My thoughts are with the staff and the impact this will have on them and their families. It is a dreadful situation.

“I will work closely with the council to ensure that the staff are supported through this difficult process.

"We must also ensure that the students that are currently on study programmes at the Chamber are supported to be able to complete their studies and progress into employment.

“The Conservatives promised to level up this country, yet this is another sign that their efforts to support business in Northern towns like ours have failed.”

Meanwhile, Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, said the closure is "sad and shocking".

He said: “This is sad and shocking news. My immediate thoughts are with hardworking staff who have been made redundant.

"I have been assured the every effort will be made to support them and help them find new roles, but nonetheless this is a terrible blow for those workers and their families.

“The Chamber was an important institution in the town and the borough, and their statement makes clear just how difficult the financial and funding environment became for them, as it has become for many organisations.

“I am seeking an early meeting with the British Chambers of Commerce to see how we can work together with the council and other local partners to find a way to continue supporting and promoting businesses in St Helens."