The Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, has said the government has done everything possible to minimise the environmental and community impacts for the proposed High Speed rail line, linking London to the Midlands.
Earlier today the government published its largest ever parliamentary bill to allow land to be bought and building to start on HS2.
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Ms Leadsom has received the backing of Ian Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary.
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