Labour MP Sultana blames privatisation for train delay… while on nationalised rail line

“Just another reminder that we need to bring rail into public ownership and make it fit for the future.”

However, the Labour MP was left red-faced after a representative for LNER highlighted that the Department of Transport was the owner of the train operator.

They responded to her message by saying: “I am sorry for the delay, Zarah.

“This was due to damage to the overhead electric wires meaning services could not move around Stevenage, but services are now on the move.

“On your other point, LNER is owned by the DfT after the franchise was handed back in 2018.”

They added: “You will be able to claim for delay repay compensation up to the cost of your ticket if you were delayed by 30 minutes or more.