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HS2 will 'suck talent, jobs and people' out of the North says MP

Grimsby MP, Austin Mitchell, told members of the Public Accounts Committee last night that he saw no evidence that the £42 billion HS2 scheme would help to bridge the north-south divide.

Instead, he told the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Transport, Philip Rutnam, that he was 'trying to justify a policy, in principle, that was plucked out of the air,' (video below). Rutnam replied that it was an essential project as trains are filling up.

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Grimsby MP in hospital after Commons fall

Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell
Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell is in hospital today after falling outside the Houses of Parliament last night.

Tests are being carried out on the 78-year-old former Calendar presenter at King's College Hospital, in London, where TV show 24 Hours in A&E is filmed.

A spokesperson for Mr Mitchell said: "Austin had a nasty fall after a Commons vote last night. He was taken to hospital but he's been in touch with the office this morning."

Dinosaur MPs

Austin Mitchell
Austin Mitchell Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Veteran MP Austin Mitchel today claimed older MPs are now regarded, in some respects, as dinosaurs, geriatrics or out-of-touch idiots while Britain's party leaders seek "the youthful and brainless" as candidates for Westminster.

"Our leaders are desperate to give their teams the youthful image which radiates from Botox, hair dye and the gym," said , the 78-year-old Great Grimsby MP in an article in The Oldie magazine.

"Politics is now a game played on the media which abhors age. Parliament gets younger as society gets older. The proportion of older MPs has shrunk in inverse ratio to the increasing numbers of oldies in the real world."

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