MP joins rebels over HS2

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 

MP ANDREW Turner was among 34 Conservatives to rebel against party leaders over support for the HS2 high speed rail project last night (Monday).

Mr Turner supported a call to block the HS2 project because the case for the link between London and the Midlands was unconvincing.

The bill was passed despite the opposition, by 451 votes to 50.

During the debate, Mr Turner said he was concerned the project would not benefit the whole country, but the tax burden would be shared by all areas.

"When this was a Labour idea I thought it was wrong, and I still think it is wrong now that it is being pushed forward by the coalition," he said.

He added: "We seem to be under the misapprehension that in order for them to make a decent living, we must drag people from the north down to London, which has an overheated property market and the highest cost of living in the UK.

"Surely it would be more effective, as well as more sustainable, to link northern cities with each other to deliver economic growth."

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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