Labor MP Zarah Sultana blames rail delay on privatization – sitting in a public train

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A Labor MP was left with an egg on her face after complaining on social media about the privatization of the rail network.

Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South, was on her way to Leeds for a cost of living campaign rally when her train was delayed just north of London.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter at 7:59pm on Tuesday, describing her situation as “another reminder to bring the track into public ownership”.

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But what she hadn’t realized was that she was on a London North Eastern Railway (LNER) service – which has been owned by the government since 2018.

And a social media employee of the franchise stepped in to correct her.

The 28-year-old MP said: “My train to Leeds for tonight’s Enough is Enough rally has stopped just outside London for the past 3 hours.

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“I’m sorry I’m not here, Leeds.”

“Another reminder that we need to bring rail into public ownership and make it fit for the future.”

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