Meet Chris Loder, the ex-RMT member who now wants to be the Tory chairman of the transport committee

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During his career, he rose to head of new trains at South Western trains, moved to Frankfurt to lead international high-speed rail travel for Deutsche Bahn and oversaw the Waterloo station upgrade program in 2017.

At the age of 23, Loder was stationmaster at Paddington during the 7/7 bombings. “I would probably describe [it] as one of the most sobering days of my life.

“It’s so hard to explain the combination of fear, the sense of duty … being responsible for running the station and basically getting people home.”

“No one in parliament represents the collective voice of the passenger”

A West Dorset MP says there was no bomb at Paddington station, but there was a bomb on the tube between Paddington and Edgware Road.

He adds: “I feel very strongly that there is no one in Parliament who collectively represents the voice of the passenger.”

The 41-year-old came into the limelight in January as one of the rebels of the ‘pork pie plot’ – one of the Tory MPs in 2019 who became disillusioned with Boris Johnson’s handling of ‘Partygate’.

Writing in The Telegraph then the situation at party no. 10 described it as an “embarrassment” to colleagues but said it was “the ultimate embarrassment” to hear that Downing Street had to apologize to the Queen over the party the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.

‚ÄúThat [article] started a bit of a snowball,” he admits, which led to a wider conversation among colleagues.”

What do you think of the nickname ‘pork-pie plotters’? “I think it was a mistake by Downing Street because they actually had the option to go there if they wanted to, but they chose not to do that … that caused the problem.”

Loder says he ran the campaign for Boris and never wanted to cause him major problems. “I wasn’t ready to just go on with that kind of nonsense,” he says.

A former Truss supporter is “very sorry” she is no longer Prime Minister. “I’m a firm believer in the policies she’s had on growth,” he says. “Her policy of growth growth growth was right,” he claims. But it was unbearable for him to stay, he admits. “It was the only thing I could do – I was very sorry.”

Now the West Dorset MP is “absolutely” behind Rishi – and says now is probably the calmest moment in British politics since his election in 2019. “It’s been the calmest period we’ve ever had,” he says, joking. “…but let’s wait until Thursday.”

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