Labour's parliamentary candidate Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has criticised his Conservative opponent at the next General Election for letting down local bus users.
This week the House of Commons debated and voted on a Labour Party motion to regulate local bus services, giving local councils new transport powers to decide on bus routes and fares. Labour's Kerry McCarthy MP (Bristol East) spoke in the debate criticising First Bus for their "monopoly" in the city and lack of service to people in Bristol. But Darren Jones (Bristol North West) has come out criticising Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie because she didn't take part in the debate and then voted against the motion.
"I'm amazed that Tory MP Charlotte Leslie voted against new transport powers for Bristol. Ms Leslie claims to be a champion for Bristol transport reforms yet she not only didn't take part in the debate but then decided to vote against giving Bristol new transport powers to deal with failing bus services. Only a few weeks ago a number of vital bus routes were cut without notice in Bristol. It seems that Ms Leslie is failing people in Bristol as much as the current bus companies."
"Constituents in Bristol North West pay over £1m in taxes to have an MP to represent their interests. Ms Leslie has a duty to stand up for people in Bristol and she has once again failed to do so."
Last week Labour pledged that a Labour Government will give city and county regions more power over their public transport networks so they are able to set the right bus routes and have fairer fares, as well as integrate their transport services to help working people and businesses succeed in their areas. This will give regions similar powers to regulate their bus services as those in London.