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Labour MPs today they accused the government of privatising the East Coast Mainline just for the sake of it. The line's been nationalised since 2009 because private companies couldn't make it profitable. Since then it's seen record passenger satisfaction and made money for the taxpayer.
Today Yorkshire MPs joined a debate to stop it being re-privatised, as ministers prepare to sell off the franchise. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.
Speaking ahead of today's debate in the House of Commons regarding the future of the East Coast Mainline, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, Maria Eagle MP said:
MPs are holding a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons this afternoon to discuss the future of the East Coast Mainline.
The East Coast Mainline, which runs between London and Edinburgh, has been operated by the Department for Transport since 2009 after the collapse of previous franchise, National Express East Coast. However, earlier this year the Government announced it would invite bids for a new franchise.