Shadow minister for London said she could not guarantee scheme would continue during interview on LBC

The Conservative party has been forced to defend its Crossrail position after a manifesto wobble from a shadow minister.

During an interview on LBC radio yesterday, the Tory shadow minister for London, Justine Greening, said she could not "guarantee that Crossrail will continue". The admission was pounced on by Labour, who claimed it showed the Tories would cut the scheme if they won power.

However, the Conservatives today maintained that they still supported the project and that the comments did not represent a change in policy.

A Conservative spokesperson said: "Crossrail is an important piece of infrastructure for London, the Conservative manifesto is very clear: We support Crossrail. Our position has not changed – and indeed if Labour are honest with people, ours is exactly the same as theirs."