Tory approach to providing transport to airports 'is a shambles born of free-market obsession', says Rob

THE Government’s approach to providing transport to airports ‘is a shambles born of a slavish obsession with market forces’, Rob has insisted.

His attack came after he confronted Conservative Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill during a meeting of Parliament’s Transport Select Committee.

Rob writes to Highways England chief to express concern over absence of plans to improve safety of A50

ROB has written to the boss of England’s major road network to express concern over the absence of plans to improve the safety of the A50 in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Labour MP contacted Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England (HE), after the Government-owned company outlined plans to invest £1.8 billion in the Midlands before 2021.

Although HE’s proposals includes one scheme in Stoke-on-Trent, it makes no mention of improving the A50 - particularly its hazardous slip-roads - work Rob insists is essential and long overdue.

Rob welcomes Government moves to recognise self-regulation by vehicle recovery operators

ROB, a member of Parliament’s Transport Select Committee, has welcomed Government moves to recognise self-regulation by vehicle recovery operators.

The MP (pictured) spoke after a senior adviser at the Department for Transport (DfT) said officials wanted to develop the industry’s Recovery Standard rather than force it to accept the DfT’s Operator Licence.

Transport Select Committee member Rob "delighted" after colleagues agree to investigate road haulage driver shortage

ROB, a member of Parliament’s Transport Select Committee, has expressed delight after colleagues agreed to launch an investigation into skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector.

He said the inquiry into the Government’s response to concerns over the shortage of skilled drivers was “great news for those of us who’ve long demanded greater recognition for this industry”.

'It was right to try': Rob's view on Stoke-on-Trent City Council's bid to secure an HS2 station for the Potteries

1.    On the City Council’s spending of just over £800,000 on the bid:

“The Labour-run City Council was right to try and secure an HS2 station for Stoke-on-Trent, for two reasons.

“Firstly, because accountants KPMG have said Stoke-on-Trent will be the only city in the country to lose money by not having a station – a sum it estimates will be something in the order of £70 million.

Ministers are "risking a rabies outbreak" by ignoring "evil" dog trade, warns Rob

TORY ministers are “risking a rabies outbreak” by ignoring an “evil” dog trade, Rob has warned.

The Labour MP, a member of Parliament’s animal welfare group, fears the killer disease could strike at any time due to the Government’s failure to stop the sale of infection-prone pups in the UK by dodgy European dealers.

Rob addresses members of Bedford Enthusiasts' Club in his position as the group's honorary patron

IT WAS a great pleasure to see so many of you at the 2015 Bedford Gathering at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port.

Your presence, and that of an outstanding assortment of vehicles, made for a particularly special event.

Government's bid to stop migrants boarding trucks in Calais to enter UK "must only be the start", says Rob

GOVERNMENT efforts to stop migrants boarding trucks in Calais to enter Britain illegally “must only be the start”, Rob has insisted.

The MP, Chairman of Parliament's All-Party Freight Transport Group, spoke after Home Secretary Theresa May announced measures designed to tackle a crisis which has seen authorities at the French port thwart more than 8,000 attempts by migrants to enter the UK in just the last three weeks alone.

The measures include establishing a secure waiting area for up to 230 lorries and the deployment of 90 officers to a taskforce attempting to stop traffickers smuggling migrants to Europe from North Africa.

Rob's Commons speech on the Tories' July 2015 Budget: 'This was a shameful Budget that provided no security for the weakest in our society'

THIS was a shambolic, shameful, pitiful Budget, more interested in grabbing headlines, trying to get the Chancellor in the slot for a future place in No. 10 (Downing Street) and trying to lay political traps.

This was not a Budget for the future of Britain. My right hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton (Mr Meacher) had it down to a T: this is a Budget to provide cover for the Chancellor (George Osborne, Conservative, Tatton) to shrink the size of the state. That is all that this has been about.

'Fox-hunting is cruel and barbaric and the ban on it must be retained'

ROB has vowed to oppose David Cameron’s ‘backdoor bid’ to relax restrictions on fox-hunting.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP made the pledge as Parliament prepared to debate Government plans to bring the law in England and Wales into line with that in Scotland – a proposal which, if approved, would allow more dogs to be used to flush out foxes to be shot.


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