'Errors' in West Coast bid

Patrick McLoughlin told the House of Commons that 'significant errors, described in the report, resulted in a flawed process' during the bidding for the West Coast mainline franchise.

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Four ministers 'responsible for West Coast fiasco'

Four Cabinet ministers have their fingerprints on the West Coast Mainline "franchise fiasco", Labour claimed in the Commons today.

Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, his predecessor and current International Development Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond have all played a role.

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Ministers must not be allowed to shuffle off responsibility - not my words but the words of the Prime Minister. This isn't just a faulty process, it's a faulty Government.

– Maria Eagle, MP

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