Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

‘We’ve been short changed!’ Boris faces rebellion as furious Red Wall MPs slam HS2 cuts

HS2: Robbie Moore 'deeply disappointed' by cuts

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Enraged Conservative MP for Keighly Robbie Moore took to the floor of the House of Commons on Thursday to lambast the Government’s decision to scrap a proposed HS2 line to Leeds. Mr Moore hammered how the people of northern England have been “short-changed” by the move. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted he is committed to “levelling up” the whole country, but the latest announcement drew widespread criticism from Red Wall Conservatives.

Mr Moore said: “I am deeply disappointed by today’s announcement.

“The Bradford district has been in my view completely short-changed!

“We are one of the most socially deprived parts of the UK and we must get better transport connectivity.”

He slammed how he still wants to see the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ rail plans delivered.

Mr Moore added how this should include the main stop in Bradford “so we can unlock our economic opportunities”.

The Keighly MPs comments were followed by cheers from fellow Red Wall MPs as they turned on the government in their droves.

Despite the cuts, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps pledged a £96 billion improvement programme that will target rail services in the Midlands and northern England

He also said £625 million will be spent on the electrification of lines between Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds.

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