Tories should ad­mit ‘ter­ri­ble mis­take’ on steel­works

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Si­mon Clarke MP From left, Sue Jef­frey, Jeremy Cor­byn and Lau­ren Dings­dale on a visit to Salt­burn yes­ter­day rail ser­vices were dis­rupted due to the on­go­ing dis­pute be­tween the RMT union and North­ern Rail over the is­sue of guards on trains. He said: “The so­lu­tion is rail­way com­pa­nies lis­ten to what all of us are telling them. We want safety on our trains. “Andy [McDon­ald] and I have been with the RMT mem­bers this morn­ing. We want safety on our trains which means no driver-only op­er­a­tion.” Mr Cor­byn added: “It means hav­ing a guard on the trains – it’s safer for the train, it’s safer for the pas­sen­gers. “That’s why it’s down to that com­pany to deal with it and think about this – the Govern­ment has presided over the pri­vati­sa­tion of our rail net­work – we will bring it back into pub­lic own­er­ship so that we, the pub­lic, who own the lines, will have con­trol over the ser­vices.” Con­ser­va­tive MP Si­mon Clarke, who won the Mid­dles­brough South and East Cleve­land seat in 2017, re­leased a state­ment about Mr Cor­byn’s visit. He said: “To­day Jeremy Cor­byn is com­ing to Mid­dles­brough South and East Cleve­land. “He is with­out a doubt the sin­gle big­gest rea­son lo­cal peo­ple re­jected Labour at last year’s gen­eral elec­tion. “A Cor­byn govern­ment would be weak on ter­ror and na­tional se­cu­rity and would leave mil­lions of peo­ple out of work. “His visit serves as a re­minder that the stakes at the next gen­eral elec­tion will be in­cred­i­bly high, and that if we’re to keep Teesside and the UK mov­ing for­ward, we need re­spon­si­ble Govern­ment rather than a hardleft ex­trem­ist. “In that sense, Mr Cor­byn is wel­come to venture out of North Lon­don as of­ten as he wants.”

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