Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson
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Richard Branson claims Virgin's West Coast rail loss 'bad for UK'

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has told MPs it will be "bad for the UK" if the West Coast mainline rail franchise is awarded to rival First Group.

Sir Richard said Virgin's bid, which is the subject of legal action, was "more deliverable and financially robust".

In evidence to the Commons Transport Committee, he said the government had not followed its own rules when it awarded the franchise.

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