Jeremy Corbyn’s flagship transport policy announcement has been marred by claims it is a simple re-hash of old Labour policies developed by his ex-shadow minister.
His opponent in the party leadership election Owen Smith rubbished what Corbyn called the “launch” of a plan to “transform” Britain’s railways.
“There is nothing new in what Jeremy is saying – he is simply rehashing existing Labour party policy,” a spokesperson for Smith said.
Lilian Greenwood, who resigned as shadow transport secretary in June, repeated the claim, saying there was “nothing new” about promises to extend public control over bus networks.
She pointed to a Bill from by Labour’s peers in the House of Lords that, if passed, would see local authorities given the power to award bus contracts to municipal or county-owned operators.
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