Green Party candidate joins process for renationalisation

Clive Semmens, standing for the Green Party. Picture: Steve Williams.

Clive Semmens, standing for the Green Party. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The Green Party candidate for the South East Cambridgeshire seat has thrown his weight behind a drive to re-nationalise the railway.

Clive Semmens joined a protest with party supports at Ely railway station on Tuesday, part of a nationwide day of action organised by the pressure group, Action for Rail.

Mr Semmens said: “Rail is really important for our community, but privatisation has made tickets less affordable and train operators unaccountable.

“Unlike the other parties, the Greens are committed to renationalising the railways.

Taking back control of our railway would allow us to cuts fares and put public service before private profits.”

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The railway was privatised under John Major’s government in January 1993, with a commitment to renationalise the service dropped by Labour when it came to power in 1997.

Mr Semmens will contest the SE Cambs seat on May 7 with Conservative Lucy Frazer, Liberal Democrat Jonathan Chatfield, Labour’s Huw Jones, and UKIP’s Deborah Rennie.

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