DESPITE a general election that delivered a majority Conservative government which has building HS2 at the core of its economic strategy, campaigners against the project seem not to have given up. But they must be in some disarray about how to carry on as a result of the unexpected election outcome. Although many of the opponents in the Tory heartlands of the Chilterns and Warwickshire would never admit it, secretly they were hoping for a Labour-led coalition or minority government with Ed Balls as an Iron Chancellor at the Treasury pouring scorn on the plan. Continue reading
AHEAD of the general election campaigners against HS2 made much of the opportunity for opponents to vote for parties that wanted the project scrapped. But the final election results suggest HS2 had little impact.
Only UKIP and the Greens put scrapping HS2 as a core issue in their manifestos. And a lone single-issue candidate also campaigned against HS2 in the Westminster North constituency but came bottom of the poll with 63 votes, or just 0.2 per cent of the total cast. Continue reading