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TSSA calls on Salmond to join the debate on Scotland’s Railways

5 August 2014

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes called on First Minister Alex Salmond to join the debate on public railways in Scotland.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s first live TV debate Manuel Cortes said;

"We very much welcome the commitment that a future UK Labour Government will give the Scottish Parliament the power to run its railways. We strongly believe that when this happens, Scotland's railways will be returned to public ownership.

"However, I think that the First Minister should tonight come clean and explain whether, an independent Scottish Government, under his leadership would do the right thing for passengers and taxpayers and return Scotland’s railways to public ownership. At the moment, his administration is ready to re-let the Scotrail franchise in March 2015 just two short months before the next General Election.”


“I think that tonight he should tell the Scottish people whether Brian Souter's bankrolling of his party and the Yes campaign affects his position on Scotland’s railways. Labour's proposals, which allow public ownership, have come under heavy fire from the Railway Delivery Group of which Souter’s Stagecoach, is a major player. Can Alex Salmond explain tonight whether this will be a case of he who pays the piper calls the tune?"


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