Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Newcastle to London

If you want to travel from Newcastle to London tomorrow, booking a ticket today, it will cost you £135 to travel by East Coast trains (you could get a cheaper ticket if you were prepared to change several times and travel from Sunderland) or it will cost you a total of £40 (£15 + £25 tax) to fly BA into Heathrow - how can this be possible???

I suppose Mr Miliband doesn't have this problem (I some how doubt he's using public transport these days) but even if he was taking the train he would charge the tax payer for his journey with his nice MP's expense account.


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