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Government say court's decision will not affect HS2 construction timetable

Government say court's decision will not affect HS2 construction timetable Credit: ITV News Central

The Government hailed the court's decision on the cases it won as a "landmark victory" and said the loss on the compensation case would "not affect the HS2 construction timetable in any way".

Rail Minister Simon Burns said: "This is a major landmark victory for HS2 and the future of Britain. The judge has categorically given the green light for the Government to press ahead without delay in building a high-speed railway from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds."


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Stop HS2 remain optimistic over today's review

Joe Rukin from Stop HS2 told ITV News Central that he remains optimistic about the outcome of today's review.

The High Court is expected to give its ruling on a number of legal challenges to the government's plans for HS2 later today.

Opponents of the high speed rail plans are asking a judge in London to declare the multi-billion pound project legally flawed and to reconsider the plans.

The first phase of HS2 would see a high-speed railway line running from London to Birmingham.

If successful, the legal challenge could potentially delay the scheme for years.

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High Court ruling could delay HS2 for years

Fierce campaigns are being fought to stop HS2 development in certain areas. Credit: PA

The High Court is to rule today on legal challenges to the Government's HS2 high-speed rail scheme.

Opponents are asking a judge in London to declare in a series of five cases that the multi-billion pound project is legally flawed and must be sent back for reconsideration.

The first phase of HS2 would see a high-speed railway line running through Tory heartlands from London to Birmingham.

The scheme has polarised opinion, with many residents' groups and local councils bitterly opposing it, but supporters point out the benefits of a reduction in journey times between the UK's two biggest cities.

If successful, the legal challenge could potentially delay the scheme for years.

Seb Coe addresses Tory conference on Olympics

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has been tweeting during the address from London 2012 Chairman Lord Coe at the Conservative Party Conference.

Tory conference celebrates Olympic success

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris tweets on the Conservative Party Conference, as it talks about the success of the London 2012 Olympics.


Video: Boris Johnson's speech to the Tory conference

Not many people can wish a Prime Minister "Happy Birthday" in one breath - and in the next call him "a broom" - and get a round of applause for both.

But that was Boris Johnson's opening gambit in his speech today to the Conservative Party Conference.

The mayor then ran through his highlights of the year: the Olympics (which he said showed that Britain is a "confident, can do" country) transport, housing, policing and his own re-election.

Critics and supporters were wondering if the speech would be Boris's pitch to un-seat David Cameron.

So how did delegates take it?

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Boris stresses loyalty to Cameron

Boris Johnson has used his platform speech to the Conservative Party Conference to insist he is completely loyal to David Cameron, hailing the "fantastic job" he is doing as Prime Minister.

Boris made a point of singling Mr Cameron out for praise, in response to speculation that he was positioning himself as a future leader of the Conservatives.

He commended the Prime Minister for his "firm leadership" and his ability to make "tough decisions", before predicting that he would lead the Tories to victory in a general election scheduled for 2015.

I was please to see that you called me a blond-haired mop in the papers. If I am a mop, David Cameron, you are a broom - a broom that is clearing up the mess left by the Labour government, and a fantastic job you are doing.

"I congratulate you and your colleagues George Osborne the dustpan, Michael Gove the J-cloth, William Hague the sponge. It is the historic function of Conservative governments over the last 100 years to be the household implements on the floor of the house, so effective at clearing up after the Labour binge has got out of control."

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

Tories queue to hear Boris

Delegates at the Conservative Party Conference are queuing up for Boris Johnson's keynote speech this morning.

The queue to get into the conference hall this morning. Credit: London Tonight.
Delegates appear particularly eager to hear Mr Johnson's keynote speech. Credit: London Tonight.
The queue is stretching out over two levels of the building. Credit: London Tonight.
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