Row Breaks Out Over Bus Services In Dorset
6:56am 1st May 2014
Dorset's Labour party has attacked South Dorset MP Richard Drax and accused him of flip-flopping on rural bus services.
The Politician called on the Government to do more for local bus routes in an "adjournment debate" in the Commons this week.
The debate is open-ended, with no vote, and calls on a Minister to reply to the issue raised.
But Labour's parliamentary candidate for South Dorset Simon Bowkett says his counterpart Mr Drax should be asking his own party why they've cut so much funding at the County Council, which impacts the buses;
"I'm wondering why Mr Drax is spending time standing up in Parliament to what was a pretty empty chamber, when he could be picking up the phone to his friends and colleagues at the Conservative party Dorset and ask them why they're taking these sorts of decisions at a local level."
"I think it's time for Mr Drax to stop asking questions and find some answers."
In response Conservative MP Richard Drax told us rural buses are important and that the Government is trying to get the country back on its feet, after years of Labour over spending;
"We have financial problems and have had for some time, savings have to be made because for years, in fact decades, this country has been spending more than it earns. So we have to look at new ways of doing things. Rural bus services are important and that was acknowledged by the minister."
"At the moment the authorities are making huge savings and it's having a knock on effect for all kinds of services. A top priority for the authority and the Government, is to ensure, that people in more remoter parts of my constituency have access to a bus."