ARGUMENT BETWEEN the government and the Crossrail Bill select committee over a station at Woolwich erupted into open warfare this week with up to 50 Labour MPs set to rebel and side with the committee.
As NCE went to press on Tuesday MPs were gearing up to debate Woolwich and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford's motion asking for the station to be included in the scheme, in line with the committee's wishes.
head of the debate Raynsford had already secured 49 signatures - 46 from Labour MPs - to support his motion.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs will, in principle, support the motion.
Raynsford told NCE that 'there are constitutional implications for the government to undermine its own cross-party select committee in this way'.
Ahead of the debate the committee published a report urging MPs to act to overturn the government's decision.
'We are making a special report to the House to highlight our dissatisfaction with recent proceedings in committee, regarding Crossrail and Woolwich, ' reads the report.
'We strongly agree with the arguments presented to us regarding the addition of a station at Woolwich.
'We are amazed that, having set the case before the committee in this quasi-judicial proceeding, the secretary of state feels unable to accept the considered view of this committee.' Should Raynsford's motion be carried, the station will be added to the Bill.