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I today urged the Government to U-turn over scrapping the electrification of the Midland Mainline after figures have proved the huge environmental benefits.

During Transport Questions in the House of Commons, I drew attention to shocking figures showing that electrifying the Midland Mainline would deliver nearly 25 times the greenhouse gas savings than the Government’s preferred option of introducing bi-mode trains that run on diesel and electricity.

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Following a series of parliamentary questions, the Government finally admitted last month in answer to my parliamentary question that their environmental impact assessment had showed that electrifying the Midland Mainline from London to Sheffield would deliver £271m of greenhouse gas savings over the next 60 years compared to £11m from introducing bi-mode trains. Today I asked if the Government are really serious in their commitment to the environment would they commit to think again.

In his response Transport Secretary Chris Grayling dodged the question. It’s shocking that the Government’s own study shows the massive environmental benefits of electrification – and yet they scrapped it!

The Government claim they’re committed to Northern transport and tackling climate change, but here they’re failing on both counts.

Government must U-turn on electrification

I today urged the Government to U-turn over scrapping the electrification of the Midland Mainline after figures have proved the huge environmental benefits.

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This week the House of Commons has been debating the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Yesterday we focused on the Government’s plans to abandon the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which Labour is saying will reduce human rights protections.

The Government has claimed that no rights will be lost because the Charter created no new rights. However, their cover has been blown.

In an article she wrote in November the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Suella Fernandes, wrote that the Charter does indeed create additional “layers of rights”. I brought this up in my speech to the House of Commons yesterday (watch a clip here or read my whole speech here).

Labour’s amendment would have given the Charter rights the same level of protection as those in the Human Rights Act. We must ensure that Brexit is not hijacked to reduce rights for UK citizens.

Standing up for UK citizens’ rights

This week the House of Commons has been debating the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Yesterday we focused on the Government’s plans to abandon the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which Labour...

The collapse of Carillion is a potential disaster for 250 workers at their city centre offices and raises concerns over current and future pension arrangements. I’ve already spoken to the Minister who has given me assurances on the position of Carillion staff for the foreseeable future and I will continue to press their case.

I’m also seeking to ensure that the reallocation of contracts will not delay the tram-train project or essential flood protection work in Don Valley.

Carillion is a company that has grown rich on taxpayers’ money through public sector contracts and those at the top have grown very rich indeed. I want to ensure that people in Sheffield don’t lose out as a result of the company’s mismanagement.

Carillion

The collapse of Carillion is a potential disaster for 250 workers at their city centre offices and raises concerns over current and future pension arrangements. I’ve already spoken to the...


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