Shapps v Grayling: transport secretary lifts sections of speech from predecessor

Shapps v Grayling: transport secretary lifts sections of speech from predecessor


[GS] Thank you, Mr Speaker. With your permission I’d like
to make a statement about the steps the government’s been
taking to support those affected by the collapse
of Thomas Cook. [CG] About the steps
the government’s been taking to support those affected by
the collapse of Monarch Airlines. [GS] I’ve been hugely impressed
as this programme’s been rolling out in the last couple of days
at the response from, actually, everybody involved,
including Thomas Cook passengers. [CG] I’ve been hugely impressed
by what I’ve seen and we’ve had very strong
supportive response from the passengers affected. [GS] There have been over 100,000
calls to our customer service centres and over two million unique visitors
to the CAA’s dedicated website, thomascook.caa.co.uk –
that was in the first day alone, with over seven million page views. [CG] There have been over one million
unique visitors to a dedicated website – monarch.caa.co.uk –
and seven million page views. [GS] Mr Speaker, despite these
robust plans and their success so far, this is an incredibly distressing
situation for all concerned. [CG] Mr Speaker, despite all those plans,
despite robust plans and a smooth operation so far,
this is a hugely distressing situation for all those concerned. [GS] I’m also aware of the duty
this government has to the taxpayer. [CG] But, Mr Speaker, I’m also aware
of the duty this government has to the taxpayer. [GS] And while affected passengers
have been told they will not have to pay to be flown back to the UK,
we have entered into discussions with third parties with a view
to recovering some of the costs of this large operation. [CG] But whilst affected passengers
have been told they will not have to pay to be flown back to the UK,
we have entered into discussions with several third parties with the aim
of recovering some of the costs of the operation. [MG] The loss, nonetheless, of an
iconic British brand with a 178-year history,
one of the oldest travel companies in the world, is an extremely
sad moment. [CG] The loss of a major British
brand, which was close to celebrating its half century
is, we all would say, a really sad moment. However, this should not be seen
as a reflection on the general health of the UK aviation sector,
which continues to thrive. [GS] However, this should not be seen
as a reflection on the general health of the UK aviation industry,
which continues to thrive.

17 thoughts on “Shapps v Grayling: transport secretary lifts sections of speech from predecessor

  1. Grayling, the man who awarded a multi-million pound contract to a shipping company that didn't exist in preparation to Brexit. In the end millions pounds of taxpayers money was paid out for duping other legitimate shipping companies. How he's still an MP is beyond me..

  2. He should have started by saying as we said when Monarch went bust or this is as similar situation so I am borrowing details from a predecessor – this government are so ungenuine!

  3. Grant Shapps doesn’t represent the people of Welwyn and Hatfield, and he certainly doesn’t represent the hundreds of thousands of people let-down by Thomas Cook. The man is a prat and a pathetic excuse of an MP.

  4. The real fight to take back control | Anywhere but Westminster ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNxFNoCKkMU
    Grant Shapps lifts sections of speech from Chris Grayling ► https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/25/grants-shapps-lifts-sections-of-speech-from-chris-grayling
    Thomas Cook had £3.1bn hole in balance sheet before collapse ► https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/25/thomas-cook-balance-sheet-deficit-3bn-before-collapse

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