Labour loses vote to dock transport minister’s pay over rail failure

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party lost a vote on Wednesday to pressure the government to dock the transport minister’s wage over his dealing with of the failed contract to run the London to Edinburgh rail line.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling leaves 10 Downing Street, London, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

They wished to chop Chris Grayling’s pay by 2,400 kilos ($three,200) – the price of an annual practice ticket from his constituency in Ashtead, Surrey to London.

The government mentioned final week it will renationalise the Edinburgh route in June after the contract to run it failed as a result of the personal operators, Stagecoach (SGC.L) and Virgin, had over-estimated income.

Labour, which helps the renationalisation of all Britain’s railways, is offended at how Grayling dealt with the difficulty, and at his plans to permit personal operators to be concerned in working the road in future.

Labour employed a not often used parliamentary tactic referred to as a censure movement to carry a debate to see whether or not the House of Commons helps a government minister within the finishing up of his or her duties. It lost by 304 to 271 votes.

“Historically, the House of Commons has called for a government minister’s salary to be reduced by a nominal sum as an expression of its dissatisfaction with the conduct of a minister or their handling of a particular policy,” the tabled movement said.

The 2,400 kilos compares with lawmakers’ primary wage of 76,011 kilos, though ministers are paid extra sums.

Reporting by Sarah Young; modifying by Stephen Addison

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