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Shapps says it is ‘crazy’ to suggest Tories want rail strikes to go ahead

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Grant Shapps has said it is “crazy” to suggest the Tories want rail unions to go on strike this week, as Labour accused the government of encouraging the walkouts to go ahead to stoke division.The transport secretary said the strikes of 40,000 rail workers due to affect services across much of the country from Monday night were “unnecessary” and a result of trade union leaders “gunning for” a fight.

He accused the RMT of planning to “punish millions of innocent people”.However, Keir Starmer on Sunday accused Shapps of being the one who was stoking the dispute, after the government refused talks with the unions and rail employers.“They want the country to grind to a halt so they can feed off the division.

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