Tim seems to be in no mans land

LoughtonOn the 18th July Tim Loughton the MP for East Worthing, Shoreham and (so my friend Chris feels included) Sompting too! raised a matter in the House of Commons on the way in which Govia Thamselink Railways are performing in the area of Tim’s constituents. His concerns are very important and deserved a response, which came from Jo Johnson “My hon. Friend makes a powerful case on behalf of his constituents, who have suffered unacceptably as a result of the disruption that they have experienced. It is right that the industry and the Government have apologised for everything that constituents have experienced. We are working hard to ensure that the disruption comes to an end as soon as possible, and we are ensuring that there is compensation and a proper explanation so that lessons can be learned for the future.” what is very noticeable is that Jo did not pay any attention to the request from Tim “What exactly will it take from the Glaister review—in addition to what thousands of our constituents tell us every single day about this shambles—to get this franchise removed once and for all, and as soon as possible?” Apart from the fact that Jo Johnson is playing down the issues surrounding GTR and their performance failures one only has to go back to June 19th when the House of Commons debated the work of GTR and Chris Grayling and then voted to retain Chris as Minister and GTR as the franchise holder. Thankfully three Sussex MPs (Caroline Lucas, Peter Kyle and Lloyd Russell-Moyle) did vote to reject this result and to see Grayling and GTR go, however the majority of Sussex MPs voted along with the majority across the country. Three chose not to vote at all, one of them was Tim Loughton. Now of course he may have had a revelation regarding GTR in the 4 weeks between 19th June and 18th July, but otherwise, why is he calling on Jo Johnson to do something he did not vote for himself?




About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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