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Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Leslie is feeling old. The erstwhile Baby of the House says his original arrival in the Commons in 1997 feels like it was “quite a long time ago”. Now 41, he’s a relative... Continue to article
Government ministers clashed with Labour over the amount of money dedicated to tackling climate change as the extreme weather continued to cause havoc across the UK. Environment minister Dan Rogerson insisted spending on mitigation and a... Continue to article
Maria Eagle dismissed accusations from some residents of flood-hit areas that Ed Miliband had only visited for a photo opportunity. “I think it’s unfortunate you get accused of not going and then when you do go you get accused of going f... Continue to article
It could take weeks for the Environment Agency and others to clear flood water from affected areas of England, Eric Pickles said this afternoon. The Communities Secretary also told MPs there was a "high risk" that the Thames, the Se... Continue to article
Maria Eagle accused the Government of plaing a "blame game" over the flooding crisis. “I’m afraid it’s rather disgraceful and too characteristic of this Government – we’ve seen them do it in other situations – to just set about blaming ... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the Government’s decision to offer an additional £100m to help with the response to flooding was an admission that funding should not have been cut in the past. “We’ve seen a delayed and a confused response; 21 Cobras an... Continue to article
Maria Eagle criticised the Government’s “chaotic response” to the flooding. “We’ve seen a delayed and chaotic response. Now, the Environment Secretary is one of what Prince Charles calls the ‘headless chicken brigade’ – he doesn’t believ... Continue to article
Maria Eagle has accused the Government of “badly letting down” Somerset residents in their response to the flooding crisis over the last two months. In an Urgent Question to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, the Shadow Environment Sec... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the Government's approach to dealing with the flooding across Somerset and elsewhere in the UK was unclear and urged Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to give the House a full statement on how the Government aims to deal ... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said Owen Paterson had lost grip of the flooding crisis. “The reality is that when he came into the department, he removed flood protection from the priorities of the department and we’re seeing the consequences. And the fact... Continue to article
Maria Eagle criticised the Government’s handling of the flooding in Somerset and accused the Environment Secretary of being “out of his depth”. “I think some of the measures to alleviate the problems people living in the Somerset Levels ... Continue to article
Maria Eagle claimed Owen Paterson should have acted more quickly to deal with flooding in Somerset. "I think it’s correct that they’re now, the Prime Minister has kicked the Environment Secretary into taking some action and I welcome the... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the fact David Cameron had intervened to pledge that rivers in Somerset would be dredged as soon as possible showed Owen Paterson had not been treating the issue with sufficient urgency. “I do welcome the fact that he’s ... Continue to article
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 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 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".
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 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".
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."
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