Crawley MP outraged at council rail strike vote

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has expressed his dismay at Crawley Borough Council for not condemning rail strikes affecting Southern Railway services.

The council last week voted against a motion which called on the RMT union to end their rail strikes affecting Southern Railway services.

The full council voted against a motion put forward by councillor Duncan Crow (Furnace Green), leader of the Conservative group on Crawley Borough Council, which condemned the strikes, originally called over five separate periods totalling 14 days from October 11 to December 8.

Mr Smith said: “It’s disappointing to see Crawley Labour councillors putting politics before people.

“I’ve continually said that parties need to work together on this issue – both the rail operator and the union have questions to answer.

“For my part, I continue to hold each of the Government, Govia Thameslink Railway, and the RMT union to account – including in the debate I secured in the Commons on train services last month.

“Commuters, including myself, know that the actions of GTR and the RMT are not acceptable and they need to come together to benefit passengers.

Peter Lamb, Labour councillor for Northgate and leader of Crawley Borough Council, criticised the Department for Transport’s handling of the Southern Rail crisis.

“I would recommend he does what they do in Scotland and get everyone around a table and make a deal,” said Mr Lamb.

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