David Cameron defends HS2

Britain has been "London-centric" for too long, Prime Minister David Cameron said today as he claimed the new HS2 railway would make England's northern cities industrial capitals again.

Cameron says HS2 will make English cities 'industrial capitals'

Britain has been "London-centric" for too long, Prime Minister David Cameron said today as he claimed the new HS2 railway would make England's northern cities industrial capitals again.

David Cameron speaks in Manchester Credit: ITV News

In a speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Mr Cameron said it was important the UK became a "land of opportunity for all".

He said the new HS2 high speed rail line would bring the country together in a "national endeavour", as he urged the public to get behind the scheme.

Mr Cameron said: "When I say a land of opportunity for all I mean everyone - north and south.

"This country has been too London-centric for far too long. That's why we need a new north-south railway line.

Mr Cameron added: "HS2 is about bringing north and south together in our national endeavour."