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Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Environment Secretary

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Stories involving Maria Eagle

Rail funding failure may cost 1,400 jobs

The Government has been accused of losing 1,400 jobs by awarding a £1.4bn rail carriage contract to German firm Siemens over Britain's Bombardier, which has since been delayed through lack of funding. The Thameslink deal has been held up as Siemens has been unable to reach 'core project agreements' with Cross London Trains. Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said last night; “Ministers must now accept that its choice of a failed funding model not only cost British jobs but is now delaying the entire project.”


Maria Eagle backs two thirds of transport cuts

Maria Eagle has backed the Government's cuts to transport, admitting that she is in favour of two-thirds of the austerity measures. In an interview with the Guardian, the Shadow Transport Secretary said there was a "something for nothing culture" in the transport industry, but said that some cuts would be "painful". She also said she opposed £3bn of the Government's £9bn cuts to transport, and added: "Reducing the deficit requires us to support cuts in spending that we might not have in the past".


Labour drops support for third Heathrow runway

Labour has dropped its support for a third runway at Heathrow. Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle made the move in a speech to the Airport Operators Association today, insisting that "the local environmental impact means this is off the agenda".

Responding to the change Mike Carrivick, Board of Airline Representatives in the UK chief executive, said “The decision of the Labour Party to withdraw support for a third runway at Heathrow is not just a massive policy u-turn but strongly suggests that politics are now deliberately obstructive to supporting UK business and driving economic growth".


Eagle hits out at 'botched privatisation' of railways

Maria Eagle has attacked the Government's policy on railways, saying it is a "wasted opportunity to address the structural issues left from the botched rail privatisation".

Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, the Shadow Transport Secretary hinted that Labour may consider re-nationalising the railways, saying that Labour will "rule out nothing".


Labour asks for 80mph delay after M5 crash

Labour last night asked the Government to reconsider increasing the national speed limit to 80mph in the wake of the M5 crash. Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle called on her opponent Justine Greening to wait for the conclusions of the investigation into the crash before "steps are taken to advance any proposals in her department that may affect road safety".


Cameron to look at fuel tax charges

David Cameron said he is looking at a way to "share the risk" of higher fuel prices between government and motorists. Fuel prices have topped £1.30 a litre for unleaded and £1.35 a litre for diesel. Maria Eagle, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, said that "Motorists won’t be fooled by David Cameron’s reheated promises". She added: "He's promised a fuel duty stabiliser before and hasn't delivered."