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Ms Perry in a muddle

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claire-perry-car-journeys-to-parliament-story-21-aug-2014Yesterday, transport minster Claire Perry gave a speech at Bauer Media’s Birmingham “National Rail Conference” in place of the secretary of state Patrick McLoughlin.

Like the conference itself, her speech was mainly focused on big-ticket high speed rail, rather than the railway that people need today. But judging by the Daily Mail’s story of 21 August 2014, before becoming a transport minister in July, Ms Perry seemed to have had less enthusiasm for travelling by train. It’s worth comparing her quotes from the Daily Mail article, with her speech delivered at yesterday’s Bauer conference.

[“Rail minister who said passengers pay ‘fair fares for a comfortable commute’ took the train to work just twice last year… while clocking up 6,000 miles in the car”, Tom Mctague, Mail Online, 21 August 2014]

Rail minister Claire Perry has been accused of being a ‘hypocrite’ after it emerged she travels to Parliament by car – despite praising Britain’s ‘comfortable’ rail services and ‘fair’ prices.

Miss Perry travelled from her Wiltshire constituency to London 68 times last year – driving on all but two occasions. In total, the Tory rising star claimed back £2,689 in expenses for almost 6,000 miles in the car.

Even if Miss Perry takes the train from her constituency of Devizes, Wiltshire, she is able to claim back the cost of a standard class ticket from her nearest station of Pewsey into London.
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Written by beleben

November 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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