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Farron says 'Virgin petition must be debated in parliament'

August 24, 2012 3:25 PM

Tim Farron MP & Cllr Andy Shine at Oxenholme StationCumbrian MP and President of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron has today called for Virgin Trains loss of the West Coast Main Line to be debated in Parliament, after a petition urging the Government reconsider the decision gained over 100,000 signatures.

Virgin Trains was stripped of the contract to run trains betweenLondonandGlasgow, which it has operated since 1997, last week when the Government awarded the franchise to FirstGroup.

A customer of Virgin Trains set up the petition which now has over 100,000 signatures on it. This could potentially trigger a debate on the issue in the House of Commons if the petition gains support from MPs and is picked by the Backbench Business Committee.

Tim said: "I think we must listen to the public and debate this issue in Parliament. Over 100,000 people have signed the petition - we must allow the case to be put and hear the Government's reply. On my annual surgery summer tour it has been the top concern my constituents have wanted to talk about. If we don't discuss this it will just make people even more cynical about Westminster politics."