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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


Higher UK rail fares would add insult to injury, say mayors

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherham write to minister demanding freeze in faresThe mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region have demanded a freeze in rail fares after months of travel chaos across the country.In a joint letter to the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, the mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherham said the anticipated 3.5% rise in fares would “add insult to injury” for beleaguered passengers. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Labour, Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Andy Burnham, Transport policy, Rail Fares, North Of England, Rail industry, Steve Rotherham


Northern rail under fire for asking to extend Lakes line closure

Chris Grayling urged to reject request as commuters in Lake District face further miseryThe under-fire rail operator Northern has been accused of breaking promises after it asked to extend the closure of a line in the Lake District following weeks of misery for commuters.The company announced on Monday that it was suspending the Lakes line between Oxenholme and Windermere for two weeks as part of a mass cancellation of services. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Tim Farron, Lake District, North Of England, Windermere, Rail industry, Oxenholme


Theresa May told to 'get a grip' on rail crisis by regional news titles

Papers such as Liverpool Echo and Yorkshire Post express readers’ fury at service failureTheresa May is coming under pressure over the rail chaos in northern England as some of the area’s largest newspapers join together to demand that she “get a grip” on the government’s response.The news came after the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, faced calls to resign as he was questioned by MPs and announced an inquiry into the botched timetabling changes that have caused delays and cancellations for...
Tags: Politics, England, Media, UK News, Newspapers & magazines, Regional & local newspapers, Newspapers, Theresa May, Liverpool, Manchester, Transport, Yorkshire, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Liverpool Echo


Northern axes trains as RMT calls for transport secretary to resign

Operator reduces services after chaos triggers union demand for minister’s resignation Train operator Northern has axed 165 daily services until the end of July to improve reliability amid major disruption.Passengers have been hit with hundreds of delays and cancellations since new timetables were introduced on 20 May. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, Travel & leisure, UK News, Economic policy, Transport, Privatisation, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Rmt, Network Rail, Arriva


RMT union head calls for transport secretary to resign over rail chaos

Mick Cash says Chris Grayling should get out and rail services must be renationalisedThe head of the RMT union has called on the transport secretary to resign after days of chaos on trains following the introduction of a new timetable. Passengers on Northern, and on Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR) operators, have seen thousands of services cancelled or delayed since the timetable was introduced on 20 May. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Rmt, Mick Cash, Govia Thameslink Rail GTR


Transport secretary may face grilling by MPs over rail chaos

Chris Grayling accused of being ‘asleep at the wheel’, with MPs set to review handling of botched timetable changesThe transport secretary, Chris Grayling, could be called to face MPs over the botched timetable changes that have led to chaos across England’s rail network. As the mass cancellations of trains by Northern and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) continued into an 11th day, Lilian Greenwood, the chair of the transport select committee, said she would ask the committee on Monday to review ...
Tags: Business, Politics, England, UK News, Consumer affairs, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Lilian Greenwood, Rail industry, Govia Thameslink Railway GTR


Rail electrification plans cancelled purely for cost reasons, says NAO

Spending watchdog rejects transport secretary’s claim that new trains made major rail investment scheme unnecessaryGovernment claims that hundreds of millions of pounds of rail investment were cancelled last July because there were other ways of delivering improvements have been rejected by the government spending watchdog.In fact, the plans to modernise the line from Cardiff to Swansea, the Midland mainline and tracks in the Lake District were dropped after Network Rail spent huge sums on engin...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Swansea, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Cardiff, Network Rail, Lake District, Nao, Midland, National Audit Office Continue


Brexit: May not compromising enough to make deal possible, say top MEPs - Politics live

Rolling coverage of Theresa May’s Brexit speech, with reaction and analysisMay’s speech - Snap summary 4.28pm GMT Jeremy Corbyn, or the minion who runs his Twitter account (as I put it earlier – see 11.36am), has tweeted a video response to May’s speech, which does not mention Brexit at all.In @Theresa_May's Mansion House speech, she has been talking about her first speech as Prime Minister. Let's look at her record since then. #RoadtoBrexit pic.twitter.com/Q4mBRBdvjK 4.21pm GMT The CBI ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Cbi, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Chris Grayling, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Theresa May: Brexit will reduce access to single market - Politics live

Rolling coverage of Theresa May’s Brexit speech, with reaction and analysisMay’s speech - Snap summary 3.29pm GMT Perhaps Theresa May has won back the Institute of Directors after their flirtation with Jeremy Corbyn? The IoD’s director general, Stephen Martin, has issued this response.Business leaders will welcome the prime minister’s honest admission that negotiating the future UK-EU relationship will involve making difficult choices. The prime minister put forward an ambitious vision for t...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Chris Grayling, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, UK EU


Theresa May rejects claims UK is cherrypicking over Brexit - Politics live

Rolling coverage of Theresa May’s Brexit speech, with reaction and analysis 2.34pm GMT Q: [From the Guardian’s Anushka Asthana] What happens if having a customs union is the best way to protect jobs and the economy, would that trump independence from EU laws?May says she has set out her five tests. She thinks a customs arrangement is the way forward. 2.33pm GMT Q: [From the Mail’s Jason Groves] Are you telling your colleagues the UK will not get full autonomy over its laws after Brexit? ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Chris Grayling, Article 50, Brexit, Anushka Asthana, Brexit Politics


Theresa May delivers her Brexit speech in London - Politics live

Rolling coverage of Theresa May’s Brexit speech, with reaction and analysis 1.49pm GMT May says both sides should turn all their attention to considering the new relationship.But the UK has to set out what it wants. 1.48pm GMT May says we are not at a crucial moment in the talks.There is no escaping the complexity of the task ahead of us. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, London, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Chris Grayling, Article 50, Brexit


Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters

High court order bans eight campaigners from ancient woodland in west LondonThe transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been granted an injunction banning campaigners opposed to the construction of the HS2 line on an area of ancient woodland in west London from “unlawful protest” on the site. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Protest, Environment, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Hs2, Environmental Activism


East Coast could return to public sector, Chris Grayling admits

MPs told collapse of franchise means government or Virgin could run line in short termThe East Coast rail franchise could be returned to the public sector after the government announced Virgin Trains had breached its £3.3bn contract.The transport secretary told MPs that the London-to-Edinburgh line could be again be directly operated by the Department for Transport, less than three years after the route was re-privatised. However, Chris Grayling also held out the possibility that Virgin would co...
Tags: Business, Politics, London, Travel & leisure, UK News, Economic policy, Transport, Privatisation, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Virgin, Edinburgh, Stagecoach, East coast mainline, East Coast, Department For Transport


National Audit Office to investigate East Coast rail 'bailout'

Watchdog to look at decision to allow Virgin and Stagecoach to hand back franchise earlyA controversial decision to allow two companies to hand back a rail franchise three years early is to be investigated by Britain’s public spending watchdog.Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, was accused of effectively bailing out Stagecoach and Virgin’s joint venture Virgin Trains East Coast by allowing them to cut short their deal to run trains on the East Coast mainline. The termination of the franchi...
Tags: Business, Politics, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Britain, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Virgin, Virgin Group, National Audit Office, Transport policy, Stagecoach, East coast mainline, East Coast


Rail union to strike for third day this week amid row over franchises

Chris Grayling and shadow minister clash in Commons over East Coast contract before latest RMT walkout over guardsCommuters face another day of disruption owing to rail strikes on Friday, amid renewed questions over the government’s handling of two rail franchises.Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said there had been no bailout of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise but admitted it may not run as far as 2020, and he did not rule out allowing Stagecoach-Virgin to continue operating the ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, East Coast, Rmt, Virgin Trains East Coast, Stagecoach Virgin



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