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Lord Prescott warns of East/West divide

The Prime Minister has announced a new rail link which is supposed to bring cities across the North of England closer together but tonight it was claimed it could actually push them further apart.

The so-called High Speed 3 line would cut journey times between Hull and Liverpool - but the line would only be upgraded as far as Leeds and the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott says it risks creating a new East/West divide. James Webster reports.


Hull City council reacts to high speed rail news

Hull City Council is welcoming the announcement of a potential new high speed rail link between Hull and Liverpool but says it is more important to quickly get the line electrified all the way to Hull.

Chief Executive Darryl Stephenson is pushing to make sure the city council is part of any talks on how transport across the North can be improved:

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.

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,
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