Wrightbus (Ballymena)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:18 pm on 30th September 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton 3:18 pm, 30th September 2019

It might be mismanagement or coincidence, but it looks like the collapse of the PM’s favourite bus builder—apart from himself, with the wine crates—is part of the pattern of his reverse Midas touch in London, with the ticket offices, the water cannon, the tube and the garden bridge. Will the Secretary of State confirm that, as I heard today, the overheating, three-door design of the Boris bus is unusable anywhere else in the world? How much public money was committed to the debacle that contributed to its decline, which, along with Harland and Wolff, spells grave consequences for Northern Ireland’s economy post Brexit, when a majority of people there wanted to remain?