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MP calls for audit over decision not to award £1.6 billion Thameslink contract to Bombardier

Chris Williamson has tabled an Early Day Motion to ask why workers in his Derby constituency were overlooked

A Derby MP has begun a parliamentary petition calling for an independent audit over the government's decision to award the Thameslink contract to Siemens and not Bombardier.

Chris Williamson has tabled an Early Day Motion to ask why workers in his Derby constituency were overlooked for the £1.6 billion Thameslink deal.

The motion also raises questions over the long delay and cost of the contract. Campaigners are now urging the government to award the contract to build trains for the Cross Rail project in London to Bombardier, as proof of their commitment to UK manufacturing.