Grayling told to sink £14m ferry ‘fi­asco’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

CHRIS Grayling is un­der pres­sure to can­cel his £14mil­lion deal with a ferry firm that has no ships.

The Trans­port Sec­re­tary wants Seaborne Freight to run ships be­tween Bel­gium and Rams­gate, Kent, by the time we leave the EU.

Mr Grayling’s plan is to take the pres­sure off Dover in the event of a No Deal.

Now Shadow Trans­port Sec­re­tary Andy McDon­ald is to urge Mr Grayling to axe the con­tract.

In a let­ter, he said: “It is clear that this con­tract and the com­pany it has been awarded to is un­suit­able and should be re­voked im­me­di­ately.

“I’m as­ton­ished you awarded it to a com­pany with no money, no ships, no track record, no em­ploy­ees, no ports, one tele­phone line, and no work­ing web­site or sail­ing sched­ule.”

He ac­cused Mr Grayling of not do­ing due dili­gence be­fore seal­ing the deal.

Mr McDon­ald added: ”You ef­fec­tively gifted the com­pany the work with­out any form of com­pe­ti­tion.”

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