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MP attacks 'rag-tag' HS2 opponents

Tory MP Graham Evans has launched a scathing attack on opponents of the £33bn high-speed rail plan, calling them a “ragtag alliance of luddites and nimbys”.

Evans (Weaver Vale) said: “A recent email to Members from the Stop HS2 campaign was riddled with inaccuracies, exaggerations and distortions.

“The high-speed rail link between London and Manchester is absolutely essential for promoting investment in northern constituencies like mine but unfortunately there appears to be a ragtag alliance of luddites and nimbys making ludicrous arguments against the plans.”

He called for a debate “so that these falsehoods can be tackled head-on”.

The proposed line passes through Tory heartlands, including the constituencies of Welsh secretary Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) and attorney general Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield).

Commons leader Sir George Young said: “The Attorney General will have heard the robust language used by you to describe other honourable Members.”

He said there was the possibility of a backbench debate on the issue and added: “It is the Government’s policy to proceed with this investment.”

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