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Cameron's father-in-law attacks HS2

The proposed high speed rail link between Birmingham and London Credit: HS2 Ltd

David Cameron's father-in-law has attacked the HS2 high speed rail project between London and the Midlands.

Viscount Astor used a debate in the House of Lords to attack the plans. He said that companies already use internet conferencing to communicate and short journey times are therefore irrelevant to businesses.

The government's plans for the first phase of the line will cost £32 billion and would see ultra-fast trains running through Tory constituencies from London to Birmingham on a new line which could be completed by 2026.

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