Grant Shapps has admitted he doesn't join union negotiations as it could be seen as a "red herring".

Millions are impacted by train strikes this week, and the transport secretary appeared on BBC Breakfast to plead his case.
"I write to them but I don't typically speak to them," he said.

RMT, who organised this week's strike action quote-Tweeted the clip arguing 'It is not a red herring Transport Secretary, it is literally your job!'

Shapps says just 20% of trains are thought to be running.

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