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Cheryl Gillan: HS2 flies in the face of Conservative values​

8 September, 2012

stophs21 Even the best jobs have downsides. I was privileged to serve as secretary of state for Wales until last week’s Cabinet reshuffle. This Government has delivered a great deal for Wales, including holding a referendum on more powers for the Welsh Government, setting up a major commission on the future of devolution and securing major improvements to the country’s rail and broadband infrastructure. However, despite always being deeply proud to have represented the country of my birth at the Cabinet…

Sacked and angry – new awkward squad is out to get the PM​

After a bloody reshuffle, David Cameron is about to find former ministers lining up to attack his Government. A former minister sacked from the Cabinet is to spearhead a Tory opposition campaign against the Government's plans to build a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, amid growing signs that this week's reshuffle will intensify opposition to David Cameron and Nick Clegg on the Coalition benches. Cheryl Gillan, who was dismissed as Welsh Secretary, said last night that she was…

HS2 – 51m Chairman responds to new Transport Secretary appointment​

hs2 martin tett 1 With the news that Justine Greening MP has been replaced by Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport, please find below a statement from Councillor Martin Tett, the Chairman of 51m, the alliance of 18 local authorities that has joined together in a national campaign to actively challenge the HS2 rail project. 'The business case for HS2 has collapsed and there are much more important priorities for infrastructure investment that will bring jobs and growth now, when we need…

Harefield anti-HS2 campaigners pledge to grill transport bosses​

5 September, 2012

Opponents of high speed rail have pledged to grill HS2 Ltd about survey work it recently carried out in the village. A microphone was set up at Widewater Lock, in July, by surveyors carrying out a noise sampling exercise and there was also thought to be one in Peerless Drive. Doreen McIntyre, chairman of Harefield Against HS2, said she will be asking the company why it chose these locations, as well as other surveys that are being carried out, when…
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