Sep 26, 2019

Thomas Cook: Shapps not aware he recycled Grayling speech

Transport Minister Grant Shapps says he "Wasn't aware" of the similarities between his speech about the collapse of Thomas Cook and one made by his predecessor about Monarch Airlines. A comparison suggests his speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday closely followed that of Chris Grayling's in the wake of Monarch's collapse in 2017. Some facts in the Monarch text were amended with Thomas Cook details. "Mr Shapps begins his speech yesterday with:"With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement about the steps that the Government have been taking to support those affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook, particularly for the 150,000 passengers left abroad without a flight back and the 9,000 people here who have lost their jobs in the UK. This compares with Mr Grayling's opening from October 2017: "With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement about the steps the Government have been taking to support those affected by the collapse of Monarch Airlines, in particular the 110,000 passengers left abroad without a flight back to the UK and the almost 2,000 people who have lost their jobs." Mr Shapps also said: "We have never had the collapse of an airline or a holiday company on this scale before, but we have responded swiftly and decisively. Right now, our efforts are rightly focused on getting those passengers home and looking after those employees who have lost their jobs."

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