Grayling must go, says ASLEF

08 December 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called on Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, to resign after a leaked letter revealed he opposed rail devolution to keep it ‘out of the clutches’ of Labour.

‘The Transport Secretary said that cost was the reason for overruling the plan for Transport for London to take over suburban rail services around London. We now know that’s not true because, in a letter to London Mayor Boris Johnson in April 2013, he admitted he did not want a future Labour Mayor of London to run trains into and out of the capital.

‘It is ironic that Mr Grayling, who tried to mislead passengers earlier this week by claiming that our proposed industrial action on Southern Railways is political, when it is an industrial dispute, about safety, has been caught red-handed, with his fingers in the till, acting entirely for political reasons.

‘How can anyone trust anything Mr Grayling ever says again? This lie – putting narrow party advantage ahead of the interests of the travelling public – shows he is manifestly unfit for public office. If he won’t do the decent thing and resign Theresa May should sack him.’

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