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£33m Eurotunnel payout not recoverable, government confirms

Details of out-of-court settlement reveals three £11m payments due whatever Brexit outcomeThe government has revealed details of its £33m payout to Eurotunnel, confirming it will hand over three instalments of £11m over the next three years.The first payment, due by 1 April 2019, is legally earmarked for expenditure on projects at the Folkestone terminal. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK News, Foreign Policy, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Eurotunnel, Brexit, Folkestone


Javid floats plan to make fighting violent crime statutory public health duty - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenDowning Street lobby briefing - SummaryNo 10 hints government watering down its backstop demands from EUMinister admits £1.6bn for poor towns to be spent over next seven years 4.18pm GMT This is what Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said on LBC this morning when it was put to him that Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has been arguing that knife crime should be seen as a public health issue. Hancock said: If you try to say ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Chris Grayling, LBC, Sajid Javid, Brexit, Sadiq Khan, James Brokenshire, Hancock


Chris Grayling’s terrible cost to the nation | Brief letters

Chris Grayling | Otto Warmbier | Michele Hanson | Words for toilet | A Beatles BrexitThe likely cost of £2.7bn to the taxpayer due to Chris Grayling’s incompetence will ring hollow to the parents of disabled pupils in Leicestershire and across the country, who have been informed that their council can no longer provide transport to special schools and colleges post-16 due to lack of funds. The implications for these families, who already face substantial additional burdens of care due to cuts in...
Tags: Music, Politics, North Korea, The Beatles, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Disability, Asia Pacific, Homes, Chris Grayling, Kim, Interiors, Donald Trump, Brexit


Grayling reaches £33m settlement over Brexit ferry fiasco court case

Transport secretary agrees deal with Eurotunnel, which was suing governmentThe government has settled a high court case over the Brexit ferry fiasco after reaching an agreement worth up to £33m with Eurotunnel, which was suing it after the award of a contract to a company with no ships.The out-of-court settlement led to immediate calls for the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, to be sacked. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Eurotunnel, Brexit, Grayling


Funereal TIG launch distracts from Grayling's latest humiliation

Also this week: Labour mayor candidate’s car-crash interview and the thrilling return of Tutankhamun’s treasures to UKMondayThere had been so much speculation that had come to nothing in recent weeks about Labour and Tory MPs resigning the whip to form a new party that I was rather wrong-footed to get an email at 8am saying it was actually happening on the Labour side and I needed to be in central London in the next hour. The launch was a curious affair at a rented office space in Etc Venues – n...
Tags: Politics, London, China, Conservatives, UK News, Culture, Theresa May, Labour, Chris Grayling, Brexit, Tutankhamun, Brady, Social Democratic Party, Grayling, Gavin Williamson, FlyBMI


Monumental issues around Stonehenge | Letters

Malcolm Reading says it is more likely that ancient Greece and Rome, rather than Stonehenge, were the inspiration for The Circus in Bath, John Bailey wonders whether Chris Grayling is the right person to resolve road planning issues around the monument, Phil Turner says the need for the military training area nearby is questionable, and Mark Lyall wonders whether a relocation of the stones would be easierIt is fanciful to assign Stonehenge as the inspiration of the architect John Wood’s Circus i...
Tags: Politics, Greece, UK News, World news, Rome, Architecture, Military, Art and design, Transport, Athens, Chris Grayling, Road transport, Transport policy, Stonehenge, Charlotte Higgins, John Wood


Brexit: Williamson ridiculed over claim it could 'enhance UK military's lethality' - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including defence secretary’s speech at thinktank 1.06pm GMT 12.53pm GMT Theresa May continues to have full confidence in the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, her official spokesman has said. The display of support came amid calls for Grayling’s resignation from MPs across the Commons after a controversial no-deal Brexit ferry contract awarded to a firm with no ships was cancelled. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Transport, Chris Grayling, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Williamson, Grayling


Brexit: sack Grayling over ferry fiasco, demand MPs

Cross-party calls for transport secretary’s dismissal follow collapse of £13.8m contract to Seaborne FreightTheresa May faced cross-party calls to sack her transport secretary, Chris Grayling, last night, after the calamitous collapse of a no-deal Brexit ferry contract handed to a company with no ships.Senior Tories said the prime minister had turned “a blind eye” to Grayling’s decision to award the £13.8m contract to Seaborne Freight to run ferries between Ramsgate and Ostend, despite widesprea...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Ramsgate, Brexit, Grayling, Ostend, Senior Tories


Sack Grayling over the Brexit ferry fiasco, demand MPs

Cross-party calls for transport secretary’s dismissal follow collapse of £13.8m contract to Seaborne FreightTheresa May faced cross-party calls to sack her transport secretary, Chris Grayling, last night, after the calamitous collapse of a no-deal Brexit ferry contract handed to a company with no ships.Senior Tories said the prime minister had turned “a blind eye” to Grayling’s decision to award the £13.8m contract to Seaborne Freight to run ferries between Ramsgate and Ostend, despite widesprea...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Ramsgate, Brexit, Grayling, Ostend, Sack Grayling, Senior Tories


Chris Grayling’s glassy-eyed confidence doesn’t help with Brexit debacle

Transport secretary’s apparent contingency planning smacks of insouciance and desperationThe decision to cancel the £14m Seaborne Freight contract marks the inevitable ending of another farcical chapter in the government’s pre-Brexit preparations. But it should nonetheless send a further chill down the spines of those nervously awaiting what 29 March may bring – and once again leave many marvelling at the continued survival of Chris Grayling in post.The hapless transport secretary, who avowed as...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Transport, Chris Grayling, Road transport, Transport policy, Article 50, Brexit


Government cancels Brexit ferry contract with no-ship firm

Seaborne Freight had won £13.8m contract despite never having run Channel serviceA controversial no-deal Brexit ferry contract awarded to a firm with no ships has been cancelled by the Department for Transport after an Irish shipping firm that had been secretly backing the deal pulled out.The decision by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, to award Seaborne Freight a contract worth £13.8m had attracted widespread criticism and ridicule. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Transport, Water transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Brexit, Department For Transport


Brexit: May says she wants changes to backstop, not removal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Northern IrelandMay to promise Brexit deal that Northern Ireland can supportArlene Foster’s Today interview - Summary and analysisDowning Street lobby briefing - Summary 3.56pm GMT The audience of Northern Ireland business owners and executives gave lukewarm applause to the prime minister’s speech.Several expressed frustration that her plan to avoid a hard border and disruption to tr...
Tags: Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Fifa, Northern Ireland, Jean-claude Juncker, Chris Grayling, Wembley, Northern Irish politics, Brexit, Arlene Foster


Theresa May delivers Brexit speech in Northern Ireland - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Northern IrelandMay to promise Brexit deal that Northern Ireland can supportArlene Foster’s Today interview - Summary and analysisDowning Street lobby briefing - Summary 3.18pm GMT May says she also wants the strongest possible bilateral relationship with Ireland. The UK’s relationship with it is deeper than its relationship with any other member of the EU27. 3.17pm GMT May says,...
Tags: Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Jean-claude Juncker, Chris Grayling, Northern Irish politics, Brexit, Arlene Foster, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


Brexit: Theresa May to visit Brussels on Thursday for talks with Jean-Claude Juncker - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Northern IrelandMay to promise Brexit deal that Northern Ireland can supportArlene Foster’s Today interview - Summary and analysis 11.57am GMT Ryan Heath, Politico Europe’s political editor, thinks Theresa May’s visit to Brussels on Thursday will be pointless.What, really, is the point of Theresa May visiting Brussels on Thursday?There is no evidence of a specific new demand, no evid...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Jean Claude Juncker, Chris Grayling, Northern Irish politics, Brussels, Brexit, Press Association, Arlene Foster, Juncker


Manchester promised funding for UK’s first tram-train network

Minister says several hundred million set aside to ease capacity problems in cityGreater Manchester is to receive hundreds of millions of pounds to develop the UK’s first tram-train network, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has promised.The region already has the largest tram network in the country, Metrolink, but Grayling wants to buy a fleet of trams that can also run on the railways, extending the service out to Wigan, Stockport and Bolton. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Andy Burnham, Bolton, Grayling, Metrolink, Rail industry, cityGreater Manchester, Wigan Stockport


Chris Grayling denies 'void' in government over Brexit plan B

Transport secretary defends May’s stance amid reports of ‘plots’ by MPs to take control Chris Grayling has denied there is a “void” in government over Brexit amid a series of reports about supposed plots by MPs to take control of the process.But the transport secretary repeatedly refused to say what Theresa May would do if her plan is defeated next week. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Media, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Chris Grayling, Brexit, B. Transport


MoD sends planners to ministries over post-Brexit border fears

Military to assist government departments set to take brunt of no-deal chaos or backlogMilitary planners have been deployed to the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Foreign Office as officials desperately try to avoid backlogs and chaos at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Observer can disclose.Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 14 military planners have been dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to key ministries, which also include ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport the Home Office


Grayling claim Brexit block could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Grayling claim that no Brexit could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit, Grayling


Grayling under fire for claim blocking Brexit could boost far right

Minister’s critics accuse him of ‘dangerous scaremongering’ to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would result in t...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Brexit: Corbyn downplays suggestions he will table no confidence motion next week - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech, Theresa May’s press conference, and day two of the resumed Brexit debateBrexit plan B debate will last only 90 minutes, says No 10No 10 reaches out to Labour by welcoming workers’ rights amendmentCorbyn says Labour may delay Brexit if it wins snap electionCorbyn’s Brexit speech - Summary and analysis 3.12pm GMT Eurotunnel has accused the government of “distortionary and anti-competit...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Chris Grayling, Eurotunnel, Financial Times, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Department For Transport


Can ‘no ships’ ferry firm really save Ramsgate?

Locals divided on whether Seaborne Freight is the solution to the port’s problemsFlanked by seagulls against a powder-blue sky, a dredger is on day two of its low-rumbling shuffle across Ramsgate harbour. The job of excavating two-and-a-half metres of mud from the port is slow and dull. But the UK’s only royal harbour has become the site of fevered debate as it prepares to turn into “a second Dover” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.With only 11 weeks to go and a £13.8m government contract awarde...
Tags: Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Ramsgate, Brexit, Ferry Travel, Ostend, UK Independence party (Ukip


UK trains 'are packed to near double capacity'

Some major routes to be 208% over capacity by 2022, shows data compiled by LabourOvercrowding on trains is at the highest level for years, according to official data compiled by Labour showing some major routes are to be 208% of capacity by 2022.A study of found the most overcrowded services were on average 187% of capacity in 2017, an increase of 25% since 2011. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Money, UK News, Consumer affairs, Labour, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Rail Fares, North Of England


Brexit deal: five ministers lobby May to renegotiate draft text

Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Liam Fox among cabinet members seeking changesFive Eurosceptic cabinet ministers are pressing Theresa May to make last-minute changes to her controversial Brexit deal.The leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, is believed to be co-ordinating the group, which includes Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling, and Penny Mordaunt. The ministers believe there is still time for the prime minister to go back to Brussels and renegotiate her deal, the Telegraph reports.
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Telegraph, Brussels, Liam Fox, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom, Andrea Leadsom Michael Gove, Michael Gove Liam Fox Chris Grayling


Flights could be disrupted after Brexit, Chris Grayling admits

Transport secretary says EU would be to blame for any turmoil for not starting talksFlights could be disrupted after Brexit, the transport secretary has admitted, but he said the European commission would be to blame for not starting talks on a deal to keep planes in the air.Chris Grayling told an aviation conference that disruption was “unlikely” but that talks to secure an aviation agreement had not yet started with only five months to the date of Britain’s departure. He added: “That process i...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Air transport, Transport, Airline Industry, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Brexit, Brexit Chris Grayling


Dancing, dogs and the dumbest of spies: is truth stranger than fiction?

Also this week: surreal sights at the Tory summit help me create the ultimate Bear Grylls-style TV showMondayOne of the more stressful things about the Conservative party conference is that there is almost too much fun to be had and it’s hard to know which event to attend. Should I queue for one of the many packed out Jacob Rees-Mogg fringe gigs – he appeared at so many, there were rumours he had a body double – in the forlorn hope that he might shed some light on how he proposed to resolve the ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Russia, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Pakistan, Northern Ireland, Chris Grayling, Boris Johnson, John Le Carre, Sajid Javid, Thurrock, Brexit


Conservative conference: Raab says EU needs to 'get serious' in talks - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the second day of the Tory conference in Birmingham where Philip Hammond will give the day’s key speech at noon 11.11am BST As Chris Grayling addresses the conference – he has again apologised for the timetabling chaos on the railways, announced an easier compensation scheme for delayed passengers, and some new spending on A roads – Labour has sent in a swift response to Raab’s speech, from shadow Brexit minister Paul Blomfield. He said:Dominic Raab spoke for nearly 30 mi...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Chris Grayling, Philip Hammond, Birmingham, Brexit, Raab, Dominic Raab, Conservative conference, Conservative conference 2018


Grayling’s on a siding to nothing with railways and Chequers | Letters

Readers criticise Chris Grayling’s response to a damning report about the rail timetable fiasco, and his defence of Theresa May’s Brexit planThe “sweeping review” of the rail system (Sweeping review, same old broom, 21 September) appears not to identify the gross regional disparities in infrastructure funding across different parts of Britain. This despite the outcry when electrification of train lines in the north was delayed at the same time that further huge investment was announced in the so...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Doncaster, Transport policy, Article 50, Brexit, Grayling


Brexit: May humiliated by Salzburg ambush as she fights to save Chequers

PM on the defensive after EU leaders take turns to rubbish her plan – just a week before the Conservative conferenceTheresa May was left fighting to save her Chequers Brexit plan and with it her authority as prime minister after she was ambushed at the end of the Salzburg summit when EU leaders unexpectedly declared that her proposals would not work.On Thursday night the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, hit back for the government, declaring there were no changes to the Chequers plan on the ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, Conservative, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Chris Grayling, Salzburg, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk


Chris Grayling refuses to take blame for rail timetable chaos

Transport secretary says he should have been more sceptical about industry assurances after critical report by regulator Chris Grayling has declined to take personal responsibility for the rail chaos earlier this year after a regulator’s report concluded that nobody had taken charge of the crisis, saying “a system problem” had been the primary cause. Related: 'No one took charge': rail industry and Whitehall rebuked for timetable chaos Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Whitehall, Rail industry



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