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West Yorkshire police reaction as man comes close to PM on visit to Leeds

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Video shows 'protester' pushing Prime Minister

ITV News has obtained footage of a man "shoving" the Prime Minister at an HS3 launch event in Leeds.

As David Cameron left Leeds Civic Hall, the man rushes up and appears push to him.

Security officers then seize the man and hurry the PM into a waiting car.

Mr Cameron was in West Yorkshire to announce proposals for a third high-speed rail line in the north, known as HS3.

West Yorkshire Police have said that a 28-year-old man was briefly arrested but was released shortly after, saying the incident was "nothing sinister."

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Prime Minister 'shoved by HS3 protester'

The Prime Minister has been "shoved" by a protester at the HS3 launch in Leeds, according to reports.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted that a journalist at the event at the Civic Hall in Leeds reported that Mr Cameron was "pushed" by a protester before police officers stepped in.

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Rail union 'cynical' over HS2/HS3 announcement

"RMT has led the fight for expansion and modernisation of rail services in the north but it is cynical in the extreme that the cheerleaders behind today's announcement, the government and Rail North, are the same bodies threatening to devastate jobs and services through the new Northern and TPE franchises."

"RMT will not tolerate this rank hypocrisy and instead of jam tomorrow, light years off in the future, we are demanding an expansion of services and capacity now , rather than the proposed cuts, and that is the message we will be taking to parliament in our lobby over the northern franchise carve-up on the 4th November. "

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary,

High Speed rail conversation starts on twitter

Sheffield Council leader 'disappointed' over rail news

Following the latest report on HS2 and HS3, Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore has expressed her disappointment, claiming the project appears to be centred around speed and not economic growth.

“I said before the report was launched that HS2 was about jobs, growth and return on investment. Whilst it’s welcome that the government are making the right noises about HS2, whether or not it makes the lasting difference in transforming our economy will depend upon the right decisions being taken now."

"For Sheffield, having a city centre station is fundamental to the future of our economy. A city centre station create 6,500 more jobs than a parkway station by allowing Sheffield city centre to connect with not only London but our other leading cities."

– Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore
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