Bid to slash Transport Secretary’s pay after East Coast Main Line debacle fails

Labour’s attempt to force the Government to slash the pay of Transportation Secretary Chris Grayling has failed after being voted down by MPs.The movement to cut Mr Grayling’s pay by ₤ 2,400– the expense of a season ticket to London from his Epsom and Ewell constituency– was tabled after Labour deemed that his handling of the East Coast Main Line franchise agreement had “fallen frantically brief” of a minister.

In a scathing attack, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald accused the Transportation Secretary of being “asleep at the wheel” and said he was “incapable of being direct with Members of Parliament and the public alike”.

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targets weeks after taking over the East Coast in March 2015; the business was in constant discussion with the department about it. “The Secretary of State has been in post because July 2016 and should have understood about this for that time period. Why did he do nothing? Hasn’t this Transportation Secretary been asleep at the wheel? “He included: “The strategic vision embodies a Secretary of State’s method to his ministerial quick and to statements in this Home, smoke, mirrors, uncertainties, lingo, technicalities, empty aspirations and discourtesy. “Like his time at justice, this Secretary of State should hope that he be proceeded before his damageding ball approach to choices at the DfT expose their real scaries.”This Secretary of State appears to be incapable of being direct with Members of Parliament and the public alike.

“Offered his track record, is it any question that no-one takes the East Coast partnership seriously? Where on earth did he come up with it

? In the back of a taxi en route to Parliament to deliver his declaration?”< img src=""alt="Virgin trains"> Virgin Trains is the third private operator to cannot finish the complete length of a contract to run services on the East Coast route(Martin Keene/PA )Paula Sherriff, Labour MP for Dewsbury, later stated: “I’m rather anxious that if we continue to state to the Secretary of State that we’ll cut his pay if he continues some of the incompetencies, that he will in fact end up being on less than the minimum wage by that point. “VTEC is the 3rd private operator to cannot complete the complete length of an agreement to run services on the East Coast route.GNER was stripped of the path in 2007 after its moms and dad business suffered financial difficulties, while National Express withdrew in 2009. Services were run by the DfT for six years until VTEC took over in 2015. Mr McDonald went on to welcome the relocate to bring the East Coast back under control of the DfT, informing MPs the franchising model is”totally broken, it’s finished, it’s a dead parrot, it is no more “. Mr Grayling dismissed Labour’s movement, turning to Tory backbenchers to state it was

“a lot of incoherence”. He included:”I have actually been struck by how little Labour comprehends how the procedure for a situation like this needs to be handled and certainly how little they appear to understand the financial structure of franchising or rail laws or that Government needs to operate within the legalities of the agreements and the laws that exist.” Tory Simon Hoare(North Dorset )likewise spoke against the movement, informing MPs it was “vindictive”. He stated:”If there is any ideology that underpins this argument, it is the vindictiveness of some pettifogging deduction of a ministerial wage. “The movement to slash Mr Grayling’s pay was voted down by 304 votes to 271 on Wednesday afternoon.