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."



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by ann glazer

30th April 2014, at 13:20:38

Well said that man Robert Smith

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by David Blackford

30th April 2014, at 11:12:05

HS2 - to save 20 minutes journey time - barmy!

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30th April 2014, at 10:50:14

The reason he is against Is because the HS2 will not be coming here.

More to the point ANDREW when are we going to get a TUNNEL to the north island to help the island people and businesses out.

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by Mark Miller

30th April 2014, at 09:34:50

Surely the point of HS2 is to shift the prosperity, wealth and opportunity away from London towards the Midlands and the North. I certainly can't see it being used to "drag people from the north down to London" to live. There are already trains availavle to do that. Also, if that was the case, then the HS2 trains out of London returning to the north would be empty! If only Mr Turner would concentrate his efforts on increasing the wealth, prosperity and opportunity of those living on the Island and get that tunnel built. The Island would thrive once again.

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by David Blackford

30th April 2014, at 09:20:37

Just say Well done Mr T - HS2 - total waste of TAXPAYERS money

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by Baz Taylor

30th April 2014, at 00:43:58

I can't see what all the fuss is about. It's a new rail line. Build the bloomin' thing and be damned!

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by alan naylor

29th April 2014, at 22:59:32

Live on the IOW???????? YOU ARE BETTER OFF THAN THE STAP HANGER IN LONDON unless of course you live in Westminster

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by John Kneeshaw

29th April 2014, at 20:40:22

If the Victorian railway pioneers had been put off by NIMBYism, we would not have a railway today. HS2 is primarily about freeing up the severely congested WCML to take freight off our roads. The NIMBYs don't want this to be too well known though.

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by Jack Woodford

29th April 2014, at 19:45:35

@KB-J Very good. Of course Mr Turner does very well out of London's 'overheated property market' by letting out his home there and choosing instead to live in a hotel at our expense.
Nice work if you can get it.

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by Den Young

29th April 2014, at 19:00:15

stick to opening fetes Mr Turner

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