Scottish Labour leader Murphy under fire for ScotRail proposal

 
Charlotte Henry
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THE SNP has hit back at Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy’s proposal that ScotRail would become nationalised if he becomes first minister.

Murphy had proposed a new “People’s ScotRail”, as part of a devolution settlement put forward by the Smith Commision, which will allow public, non-profit organisations to bid for a franchise.

However, a spokesperson for Scottish transport minister Derek Mackay said the proposal was “yet another Murphy mess-up.” Mackay said: “Non-profit organisations can already bid to run Scotland’s railways – indeed, the Scottish government invited such bids for the new franchise but none came forward.” A Scottish government spokesman said: “Westminster legislation left us with the absurdity of being allowed to accept bids from overseas nationalised railway companies, but not from any UK public sector organisation.”