Monday, 25 September 2017 06:48

“EFFECTIVE MAJORITY” FOR HS2 TO SCOTLAND

SCOTS TORY MPs MUST BACK GROWING CROSS-PARTY CALLS

The SNP’s Westminster Transport spokesperson, Alan Brown MP, has called on Scotland’s thirteen Tory MPs to step up and back growing cross-party demands on the UK government to extend HS2 beyond the border and into Scotland.

 

Alan Brown's comments follow a commitment by Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, today backing the SNP’s position on ensuring that Scottish cities are part of any high-speed rail network plans.

The SNP MP added that with cross-party support - the parliamentary numbers could create a majority beyond the slim DUP-backed Tory majority. Now the focus is firmly on Scottish Tory MPs on whether or not they would deliver for their constituents or “sell out Scotland once again.”

Alan Brown MP commented:

“HS2 would have major benefits for Scotland - so any support for our position is welcome. It is now time for Scottish Tory MPs to step up to the mark too and deliver for their constituents by getting on board, and putting pressure on their colleagues in government.

“Westminster is now a parliament of minorities and with an effective majority growing, the Tory government can no longer railroad ahead with its plans and see Scotland missing out.

“The UK government must get on and deliver HS2. The question now for Scotland’s Tory MPs is whether they will back growing cross-party calls? Or instead stay silent and sell out Scotland once again?”

SNP General Election 2017 manifesto –

"Connecting Scotland to HS2 must be a priority, with construction beginning in Scotland as well as England, and a high speed connection between Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England as part of any high-speed rail network."

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