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Labour calls for independent investigation into West Coast Mainline

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is expected to appear before MPs tomorrow when the Commons returns to explain the costly and embarrassing U-turn over the award of a new franchise.

He has already announced a review of the "unacceptable mistakes" by officials that led to the tendering process being restarted.

But Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said it was unacceptable the probe would be headed by non-executive directors of the Department for Transport and accused ministers of pre-judging the outcome.

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