Calls for Transport Secretary Grayling to resign from both sides of the House

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Theresa May might have hoped, that as she confronts the weighty matters of the day, like Brexit, that she could count on her ministers to take care of business on the domestic front. However, the Northern Rail crisis is becoming a real béte noir and both sides of the House of Commons are baying for Chris Grayling’s blood.

The issue has arisen as a result of the rail company’s failure to implement new timetables. So catastrophic has been the result that hundreds of services have been cancelled leading to a devastating impact for commuters and businesses right across the region.

While Grayling promised compensation for those effected by the chaos, as well as an inquiry into the rail companies’ handling of the affair, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was in no doubt yesterday that the buck stopped with him and he should resign. In fact, such has been the outrage in members’ constituencies, that Tory MP’s were also supporting Corbyn’s position.

Backbenchers Nadine Doris and Nicholas Soames, were so enraged that the former demanded that all commuters be given six months free travel as compensation for their disrupted schedules.

It has been a real challenge keeping her cabinet united during the Brexit negotiations, and while reliant on the DUP for a working majority in Westminster, the Northern Irish border and the abortion issue are forcing May into a corner. The last thing this PM needs is for her backbenchers to rip into one of their own ministers and call for his resignation.

Just another day in the wily world of politics, or the straw that broke the camel’s back before the whole house of cards comes tumbling down?

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