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Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:44 pm on 19th June 2018.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration) 2:44 pm, 19th June 2018

Since the start of this crisis everybody has tried to pin the blame on someone else. The Secretary of State blamed Northern for not being prepared, and Northern blamed the Department for Transport. Yesterday, in evidence to the Transport Committee, David Brown admitted that Northern was not aware of the extent of the imminent crisis until two days before the timetable went live. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Secretary of State must finally take responsibility for this crisis, ensure that passengers get the compensation they deserve, and allow somebody who can handle the demands of his job to take over?