Majority of Mid Cheshire MPs back HS2 at second reading

Majority of Cheshire MPs back HS2 at second reading

Majority of Cheshire MPs back HS2 at second reading

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HIGH speed rail through Cheshire moved a step closer this week after the HS2 bill cleared the second reading stage in Parliament.

The High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill passed its second reading stage by a majority of 452 to 41 on Monday night, April 28.

MPs across Cheshire backed the second reading.

Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Graham Evans, MP for Weaver Vale and Tatton MP George Osborne were all in favour.

Winsford’s MP, the Eddisbury constituency member Stephen O’Brien, spoke out against HS2, suggesting engineering work could enable double-decker trains to run on the existing West Coast Main Line, but abstained from the vote.

Fiona Bruce, MP for Middlewich and Holmes Chapel, also abstained.

Richard Houghton of HS2 opposition group HS2 Action Alliance, said: "The telling aspects were that there were so many absences and abstentions.

“That was not an indication of how unimportant this vote was considered, it was proof that it is of massive importance.

"The abstentions and absences should be taken as non-commitment to HS2. The vote means many MPs do not openly support HS2, not including those who were forced to follow party lines.

“Those 'no' votes and a considerable number of absentees should be sending signals that HS2 is not going to get an easy ride, and could even become a key election issue.”

Prime Minister, David Cameron, also missed the vote, which saw 26 Tories opposed.

The bill confers the powers required to construct Phase One of the proposed HS2 scheme from London to Birmingham at a cost of £21.4 billion. The line is expected to be completed by 2026.

A second bill will allow Phase Two construction to bring the line to northern cities including Manchester via a hub station in Crewe for a further £21.2 billion,estimated to be completed by 2033.

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12:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Higgy40 says...

The reason the MP's voted for it is because they will be the only ones who will be able to afford to use it.
The reason the MP's voted for it is because they will be the only ones who will be able to afford to use it. Higgy40
  • Score: 6

2:40pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MrBenggo says...

Higgy40 wrote:
The reason the MP's voted for it is because they will be the only ones who will be able to afford to use it.
Your wrong Higgy,it's us the taxpayer who will be paying for them to use it.
I have not heard of the majority of the public wanting it,and then a report on it is covered by the equivalent of "the official secrets act"
What are they hiding from us?
[quote][p][bold]Higgy40[/bold] wrote: The reason the MP's voted for it is because they will be the only ones who will be able to afford to use it.[/p][/quote]Your wrong Higgy,it's us the taxpayer who will be paying for them to use it. I have not heard of the majority of the public wanting it,and then a report on it is covered by the equivalent of "the official secrets act" What are they hiding from us? MrBenggo
  • Score: 6

2:47pm Tue 29 Apr 14

narrowboat1 says...

Stephen O'Brien always abstains never votes on anything and all he cares about is are the rich farmers and the train lines going across their land I've read his statement should read sponsored by the nfu !!
Stephen O'Brien always abstains never votes on anything and all he cares about is are the rich farmers and the train lines going across their land I've read his statement should read sponsored by the nfu !! narrowboat1
  • Score: 2

1:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Hartford Harry says...

Yet again Graham Evans votes in line with the tory party whip, rather than representing his constituents.

Note to Graham, David Cameron might well promote you for being a good boy, in the next parliament, but it is your constituents whose views you need to represent to get there.

Farage could do worse than stand in Weaver Vale at the next election
Yet again Graham Evans votes in line with the tory party whip, rather than representing his constituents. Note to Graham, David Cameron might well promote you for being a good boy, in the next parliament, but it is your constituents whose views you need to represent to get there. Farage could do worse than stand in Weaver Vale at the next election Hartford Harry
  • Score: 6

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