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Conservatives "sorry to see Jamie leaving"

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The Conservative Party Chairman, Patrick McLoughlin, says the party is sorry to see Jamie Reed leaving Parliament.

The Copeland MP announced his resignation in a letter to Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are sorry to see Jamie Reed leaving Parliament, but congratulate him on his new job, and what must have been a very difficult decision for him and his family.

“It is a sorry state of affairs when talented Members of Parliament like him no longer feel comfortable representing Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – a divided party run by a leader who opposes Trident and wants to dismantle our Armed Forces.

“We look forward to the by-election, and the opportunity to set out how the Conservatives are building a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.”

– Patrick McLoughlin MP, Conservative Party Chairman

West Coast blunder will cost £40m

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin blames Whitehall for West Coast fiasco Credit: PA

The Transport Secretary has said that cancelling the competition to run the West Coast Main Line will cost the taxpayer £40 million.

Patrick McLoughlin said the U-turn on the West Coast Mail Line rail franchise award was "wholly and squarely" down to a Whitehall fault.

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