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Tory vice-chair sacked over HS2 comments

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has been sacked as the party vice-chairman after his outspoken criticism of the HS2 rail link.

Fabricant claimed on Twitter that he was asked to reign but refused, and was then sacked over the comments along with those he made about former Culture Secretary Maria Miller's resignation.

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Been asked to resign as Vice Chairman, refused, so sacked over HS2 and my views on a recent Cabinet Minister. Still available 4 speeches etc

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"@alichat66: @mike_fabricant Stunned at the news - I always thought having an opinion was allowed." I think it was a knee-jerk decision.

The MP is set to lead a Tory revolt against the £50 billion HS2 rail scheme later this month, calling for legislation paving the way for the London-Birmingham link to be denied a second reading.

Transport Sec hopes compensation will ease concerns

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he hopes a package of compensation will ease the concerns of those living near the planned route of the HS2 rail scheme.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Credit: PA Wire

“I completely understand the concerns and anxieties of those living near the line and it is only right that those people are properly looked after," Mr McLoughlin said as the compensation scheme was announced.

“I believe this package of compensation and assistance will enable us to help people more. But I want to get it absolutely right, so I am asking for further views on some aspects before we finalise the plans.

“HS2 will transform many people’s lives for the better, but where its impacts are less positive we will do all we can to provide the right help and assistance.”

Read: Resident attacks 'grossly unfair' HS2 compensation

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Resident attacks 'grossly unfair' HS2 compensation

The Government's HS2 compensation scheme has been attacked by people living along the route who claim their homes and lives have been blighted.

Thousands of west London residents living above a tunnel where trains will travel at 225 mph have been told they will receive nothing.

Campaigner Lottie Jones of Ruislip Anti HS2 said her home was now impossible to sell.

Lottie Jones said the compensation scheme was 'grossly unfair'. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

"I think it's grossly unfair we are being discriminated against in urban areas as opposed to rural areas. There should be no difference in how the blight is recognised above tunnels," she added.

"Just because we've got tunnelling here doesn't mean we won't be disrupted and our lives won't be affected by HS2.

"Our houses are very much blighted and have been for three-and-a-half years, decreasing in value and they're nigh on impossible to sell."

Read: Controversial HS2 compensation deal revealed

HS2 compensation deal for homeowners revealed

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Owners of £1m countryside homes set to receive £100k cash lump sum if they don't want to sell. @itvlondon

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Inner city home owners evicted by compulsory purchase will get a maximum £47k on top of sale price. @itvlondon

Read: Govt confirms urban-rural split for HS2 compensation

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HS2 Heathrow spur 'waste of time and money' says Johnson

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Boris Johnson monstered by anti-HS2 campaigner Lottie Jones in Uxbridge. @itvlondon http://t.co/cOCYjVwssz

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Johnson agrees the HS2 spur to Heathrow is a "waste of time and a waste of money." @itvlondon http://t.co/mVuShpU23B

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The Transport Committee to hear reports on future of the high speed rail project

MPS on the Transport Committee will today hear an update on the high speed rail service. David Higgins, Chair of the HS2 ltd and Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury of the HS2 Growth task force will give separate reports,

Yesterday the Government announced plans to scrap the proposal to link the High Speed two rail route with the Channel tunnel train line at St Pancreas. This was after David Higgins questioned the possibility of the route in his report to the Government released last week.

David Higgins also asked in his report for the building on the Northern section of the high speend rail project to be accelerated. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has asked the H2S task force to look into what is achievable in this sector.

Changes to HS2 like "putting lipstick on a pig"

Proposed changes to the HS2 high speed rail link amount to "putting lipstick on a pig", a Tory former Cabinet minister has said.

Cheryl Gillan, a long-standing HS2 critic, said proposals being considered by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to finish phase two of the #50 billion project earlier and remove the London link to HS1 were inadequate.

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