Erewash MP blasts Labour’s so called 'Great HS2 Con'

Published on: Tuesday, 29th January 2019

Erewash MP Maggie Throup has issued a response after Labour Party representatives issued a press release regarding HS2 and in particular, objections to HS2b and a call for more investment in the existing railways.

Mrs. Throup said: “Having already been rejected at the ballot box twice herself, this latest publicity stunt by Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate is just another cynical attempt to try to rally some much-needed support for her Council colleagues ahead of the Local Elections in May.

“Through their comments, Erewash Labour have exposed their willingness to play with people’s lives for pure political gain.

“Like me, they know that the real time to campaign against this project was back in 2009 when it was first proposed by the last Labour Government; not now when the first footings have already been dug.

“What people along the route want more than anything is certainty about the project. That is why I, along with my Conservative colleagues locally, continue to fight for a bespoke package of support for residents and businesses displaced by HS2, as well as ensuring we have a clear plan in place to capitalise fully on the economic benefits this major infrastructure project will bring to our area.”

Mrs Throup's office emphasised that at no point had she called for the viaduct to be an "an iconic tourist attraction" and blasted an attributed quote as completely false.   A spokesperson said that as the preferred option of a high-level viaduct will inevitably dominate the visual landscape of Long Eaton, Mrs Throup had consistently made the case that HS2 Ltd must design and build an “iconic structure” using high quality materials and reflects the town’s rich industrial heritage.  This comment, the spokesperson said, was specifically regarding mitigation and so for Labour to use it in the context they had, was "misleading".

The statement continued by stating that, contrary to what has been reported, the reason why a high-level viaduct had been proposed was to prevent Long Eaton being divided, adding that the original proposals published in 2013 would have cut the town in half.

At a recent meeting in Parliament, Labour’s Transport Spokesman categorically stated that HS2 had his Party’s full support.  This was backed up on Thursday 24th January 2019, when Labour MP for Nottingham South and Chair of the influential Transport Select Committee, Lilian Greenwood pledged her own support for HS2.

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