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Space Industry Bill [Lords] (15 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: It must be a blessed relief for Government Front Benchers to move their attention away from their trials and tribulations here on planet Earth and to lift their eyes up to the heavens. Much of the country is doing likewise, aghast in sheer disbelief at the Government’s continued appalling judgment on our country’s transport system. It is perhaps no surprise that the Secretary of...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The motion has been passed unanimously by the House, demonstrating that the rail franchising system has failed and that the railways should be run by the public sector. When can we expect a statement from the Secretary of State to outline his plans for implementing the will of the House?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I know it has taken 100 years for the Conservative party to realise it, but we are the Labour and trade union movement. The Secretary of State needs to understand that. It is the cleanest money in politics—I would rather take from trade unions than from hedge fund managers and private health companies, as some who populate the Conservative Benches do.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I do not know whether you heard what I did, but I think that I have been accused of unacceptable behaviour. I really think that needs to be clarified. I have tried to conduct myself with all civility and propriety, and what the Secretary of State said is regrettable. I seek your guidance on that point.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: rose—

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I am grateful to the Secretary of State. Can he make this clear? He is talking about the parent company guarantee, which will be paid. What about the premium payments from 2020 to 2023, which amount to £2 billion? Is the company going to pay those premiums, or not?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I beg to move, That this House believes that rail franchising is failing to provide adequate services for passengers or value for money for taxpayers; notes that regulated rail fares have risen by 32 per cent since 2010 while planned investment has been cancelled; opposes the recent bail-out of Virgin Rail Group East Coast; and calls on the Government to run passengers’ services under...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. It just adds insult to injury when such hikes in rail fares go alongside appalling services. It is time that Secretary of State woke up from his state of denial. It is time for him to come clean and admit that he has made mistakes. No one is perfect, but he should acknowledge his failures, and take responsibility for the decisions he has made, the...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a good point, and I will return to those themes. The Government are unable to accept that the franchise model, which is demonstrably failing, is a betrayal of the public who plough billions of pounds of taxes into the railway. It is a betrayal of the passengers who face eye-watering fare rises year after year. It is a betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of dedicated and...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: Labour’s position is that if we were in power, we would not raise fares by the retail prices index or by RPI plus 1. We would save each member of the travelling public £500 during this Parliament.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I will make a little progress, but I will take interventions later. In 2016, the Department for Transport set out that its aims and objectives for rail franchising were “to encourage a flourishing, competitive passenger rail market which secures high-performing, value for money services for passengers and taxpayers whilst driving cost effectiveness.” The Department has clearly...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: My right hon. Friend makes a perfect point. I have no doubt that that will be a consistent theme throughout this debate. The Government should have followed Labour’s example. When the operator defaulted in 2009, Labour took the contract back into the public sector. If a company defaults, it does not deserve a contract. Taking a contract back into the public sector would mean that there...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: Indeed. That point is entirely consistent with the issues I am putting before the House. Labour would not have let Virgin-Stagecoach off the hook on the east coast franchise. To return to what my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) said, did the Secretary of State consider taking the east coast franchise into the public sector following the default—yes or no?...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: My hon. Friend makes his point powerfully.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I will do that very thing. I will confirm that the damning report was about Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern, not Northern, and showed that that franchise has been appallingly managed.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: We do have to think about much more flexibility across our railway, as well as greater accessibility for people from not only every walk of life, but all different localities, as some facilities are not as they should be. Some industry commentators have said that the Secretary of State accepted rail franchise bids that were excessive and unrealistic. Can he confirm that winning bids are...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I could not agree more. It is fascinating that we still await the revelation of appendix 9 of the Chris Gibb report, which detailed the future of that franchise. We have not seen it. That report was commissioned by Southern, which set the terms and conditions. [Interruption.] The Secretary of State is muttering from a sedentary position, but that is the reality. Southern set out what that...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I do agree. The great concern about all of that is that it is not achieving the modal shift we all want. It brings people to the point where they say, “The railway is not for me. I may as well get back in my car.” That is the opposite of what we should be doing.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point. It is important that the voices of passengers and those who work in the railway industry are heard, because they are the people who not only use the service but are committed to making it work.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Andy McDonald: I could not agree more. In fact, we have seen prices rise by 32% since 2010, which underlines the hon. Lady’s point.


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