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East Coast Mainline debate

MPs have accused the government of re-privatising the East Coast Mainline franchise simply 'for the sake of it'. The Labour party wants the government to abandon the plans.

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Video: MPs fight re-privatisation of East Coast Mainline

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.

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