It's time to send in the troops to stop Southern Rail strikes, says Tory MP Bob Blackman

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tory MP Bob Blackman says we'll need to send in the troops if strikes on Southern Rail continue.

Blackman was speaking to James Whale after reports that the army is preparing to send in 4,000 troops to drive rail replacement buses during the strikes by RMT and Aslef members on the Southern network.

The unions have been locked in a prolonged stand-off with Southern's owner Govia Thameslink and the Department for Transport throughout this year, and the deadlock has led to repeated strikes.

Blackman said the current strikes have gone on long enough, adding that he'd always defend people who strike for genuine reasons, but not for political ones - alluding to RMT president Sean Hoyle's avowed intention to bring down the Tory government.

James also weighed in against the unions, saying "this has to stop. The unions are taking the pee. They cannot continue to treat working people like this.

"If you want to bring down the Government, stand to be a politician."

Listen to the clip above