Tuesday 27 June 2017

Put kippers back on East Coast trains menu, ex-police chief urges minister

Kippers being prepared before being placed in the smoke room at Crasters factory L Robson and Sons Ltd in Northumberland
Kippers being prepared before being placed in the smoke room at Crasters factory L Robson and Sons Ltd in Northumberland

A call for kippers to be put back on the menu of trains travelling along the East Coast Main Line is to be looked at by ministers.

Former Durham police chief superintendent Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate came up with the culinary demand to laughter at question time.

The non-affiliated peer said that when he first came to the Lords 17 years ago the East Coast rail franchise was held by GNER.

"I remember regularly dining on Craster kippers from Northumbria," he told Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. "Could you use your undoubted influence to bring that menu back?"

Lord Ahmad said he always regarded contributions in the Lords as "an education in terms of history, and rail history in particular".

He assured Lord Mackenzie: "I'll certainly take that back and suggest to the rail minister that he puts it on his list to do."

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