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Camden’s MPs set to vote on HS2 Bill - who do you agree with?

14:24 28 April 2014

Glenda Jackson MP

Glenda Jackson MP

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See how your MP will vote as the High Speed 2 rail bill gets its second reading in parliament today.

Glenda Jackson - MP for Hampstead and Kilburn - will vote FOR the HS2 Bill.

The former transport minister has gone against the pleas of the Labour group in Camden and will vote for the HS2 Bill.

A proponent of the project, she says it will help fix the north-south divide and ease pressures in London.

Speaking to the Ham&High moments before the debate, she said: “We need a transport infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

MP Frank DobsonMP Frank Dobson

“But it’s also part of the process of readjusting and rebalancing our economy.

“London has acted like a giant magnet, sucking everything in.

“Without HS2, the situation will just get worse.

“The benefits could be absolutely transformative for London residents as well as those in the north.

“Affordable housing for many of my constituents is almost impossible at the moment but a project like HS2 can help ease the pressure.

“The same can be said for London’s schools.

“For me, the economic case really does stack up.”

Frank Dobson - MP for Holborn and St Pancras - will vote AGAINST the HS2 Bill.

The long-serving MP has been a vocal opponent of HS2 and has rallied his constituents to follow suit.

Speaking to the Ham&High moments before the debate, he said: “HS2 will have a huge, appalling impact on my consituents.

“Hundreds of homes will be knocked down and it leaves thousands living next to a building site.

“They’ll also be overwhelmed by HGVs thundering along their roads during construction.

“But it’s broader than that. HS2 is a grotesque waste of money.

“The arguments for HS2 keep changing, which is always suspicious.

“First they said it was about getting to Birmingham 20 minutes quicker.

“After that, they said it was all about capacity - something they could fix without HS2 by speeding up the Chiltern line, for example.

“And now they’re saying it’s all about investment in the north.

“The north does need investment but if you split up the £50bn earmarked for HS2 and gave it all to the five main cities that are supposed to benefit from the project, I doubt they would club together and propose to build a high speed rail link.”

He added: “HS2 is a vanity project. The sooner it is killed off the better for Camden and the better for Britain.”

Further coverage of today’s HS2 news:

Camden campaigners join hundreds of HS2 protesters outside parliament

HS2: Government faces rebellion from senior Tories over High Speed 2 rail plans

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