Mili-spinners are desperately clinging to the post-PMQs fallout over who was responsible for allowing train companies to increase fares so dramatically. Milband claimed that the government had reversed the cap on fares that Labour had conveniently introduced in an election year. However a document released by the Department of Transport blows that line out of the water. An agreement between the last government and a train company explicitly states that the limits were only valid for one year:
In other words it was Miliband who was in the wrong when he wailed that the Prime Minister was incorrect in saying “the power to [raise fares] was given by the last Labour government”. Another re-launch week success!
UPDATE: Labour spinners are desperately trying to shoot this down as a “legal technicality”. Adonis has now rushed out a statement saying it was his “intention” to keep the cap forever, despite signing the above document. If that so, how come it was not mentioned in Labour’s manifesto? Even if that was the case, Miliband was still misleading the House by suggesting that Cameron had “reversed” anything.