MPs debated the Secretary of State for Transport's handling of the East Coast franchise in the House of Commons on 23 May 2018. The debate was the first of two to take place on this day on subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Secretary of State for Transport's handling of the East Coast franchise
The debate was opened by Andy McDonald, who stated that "Labour has brought forward today’s motion because of the lack of candour and lack of debate around the future of the east coast franchise, both inside this House and outside."
He was responded to by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, who said that "what we also have seen today is a classic example of the definition of the word 'hypocrisy'."
Outsourcing and privatisation of the NHS
The second of the Opposition debates was on outsourcing and privatisation of the NHS.
About Opposition Day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
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