Labour Party the opposition party of Britain lost a vote on Wednesday to compel the government to cut the transport minister’s salary over his mishandling of the contract to run the London to Edinburgh rail line. They demanded a reduction in the salary of Chris Grayling’s pay by 2,400 pounds ($3,200) which is equal to the cost of an annual train ticket from his constituency in Ashtead, Surrey to London. The government said last week it would revive the London to Edinburgh route in June after the contract to run it was withdrawn because the private operators, Stagecoach and Virgin, had increased their profit margin illegally. Labour, the party which was in favor of the renationalization of all Britain’s railways, was angry with the measures taken by Grayling to handle the issue, They opposed vehemently against his decision 0 to allow the private operators to operate in this route in future. The Labour party applied a very 11 rare parliamentary procedure called a censure motion to hold a debate on the issue. They wanted to see what action are the House of Commons take against a government minister who failed to carry out his responsibilities. They lost by 304 to 271 votes. The House of Commons has the power to reduce a government minister’s salary by a nominal sum to express its dissatisfaction with the conduct of a minister or their handling of a particular policy according to the tabled motion.
The 2,400 pounds compares with lawmakers’ basic salary of 76,011 pounds, although ministers are paid additional sums.