I have always been a huge supporter of rail investment and I believe we need much greater connectivity between the cities in the North, Midlands and the South, however the current HS2 plans do nothing to address the transport problems our country faces, and they are set to waste tens of billions of pounds of tax-payers’ money.
On Monday I voted against the HS2 Bill, and today I put forward a petition from our local area into Parliament to declare our opposition to it.
Hundreds of people from North East Derbyshire have written to me about HS2 and hundreds more have added their support to this petition, and I hope the Government will listen to our voices as we urge them once again to think again and abandon this deeply flawed and unpopular policy.
I will continue to campaign against HS2, and I have consistently voted against it in Parliament.
Watch me present the petition in Parliament here
Watch the HS2 debate in full here
Read the transcript here
Read my Press Release on this here