Diane Abbott and David Cameron Clash on Tube Ticket Office Closures

A completely pointless exchange, typical of PM’s questions.  Whether you agree with ticket office closures or not, there are better arguments both for closing them and for retaining them. If this had been part of a debate, both of these MPs would have provided something more constructive.

Photo of Diane AbbottDiane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Labour)

The Prime Minister will be aware that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, proposes to close nearly every single ticket office on the London Underground network, with more than 700 jobs being lost. Does the Prime Ministerbelieve that that is the way to raise living standards for ordinary Londoners?

Photo of David CameronDavid Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)

The best way to help Londoners is to ensure that we have a safe and affordable tube, and that we use modern technology to deliver that. The conversation that the hon. Lady needs to have is with the trade union that has done so much damage to our underground. We ought to have no-strike deals on the underground and permanent systems that provide a good service.

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