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Old 26th Jun 2020, 07:36
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Sir Keir Starmer committed to Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to bring railways into public control, says Jim McMahon

The new shadow Transport Secretary has dismissed suggestions that Labour could ditch its support for public ownership of the railways as he called for heavy spending on the national network to build Britain out of a post-coronavirus recession.

Jim McMahon, who was promoted to Labour’s top table by Sir Keir Starmer in April, also expressed passionate support for the troubled HS2 project – and called for it to be extended to Scotland.........

Despite growing criticism of HS2’s ballooning costs, Mr McMahon also restated Labour’s support for the rail scheme to connect London, the West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire.

“It is not about a fast track, but about freeing up capacity on the rail network, getting freight off the road and onto rail, moving goods around the country in a cleaner, clearer way, and about connectivity, connecting the different parts of our country,” he argued.

“We should be building from Manchester and Leeds and working our way down as well as working our way up. And why aren’t we carrying on up to Scotland?”

He said: “In this role I have a chance to help drive HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse. What I’m keen to do is to make a difference and build on our manifesto position.”........
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