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Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:46 pm on 19th June 2018.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Transport) 3:46 pm, 19th June 2018

The Secretary of State can be in no doubt from the contributions across the House today that the rail chaos is having a devastating impact on people’s lives and jobs and on the economy.

The meltdown in the timetable and the revised timetable is causing serious pain to commuters. We have heard from hon. Members north, south, east and west. The whole nation, as my hon. Friend Dr Drew said, is facing the pain. My hon. Friend Debbie Abrahams talked about how promised improvements were yet to be delivered, as did my hon. Friend Clive Efford, who highlighted that the £9 billion spent has led to more chaos. My hon. Friend Diana Johnson reminded us that the northern press has united in its call for the Secretary of State to resign.

My hon. Friends the Members for Easington (Grahame Morris), for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) and for Luton South (Mr Shuker) have all highlighted forensically how the buck stops with the Secretary of State. My hon. Friend Tracy Brabin shared heartrending stories of her constituents sardined into trains and having their safety put at risk due to overcrowding.