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Nick Clegg refuses to make HS2 a red line

The first part of the High Speed Two line, between London and Birmingham, is due to open in 2026. Credit: HS2

Nick Clegg has refused to make high-speed rail between the north and south a red line in any coalition deal after the election.

In an interview with our Political Correspondent Paul Brand, the Liberal Democrat leader said he supports High Speed Two but would not add it to his list of non-negotiable conditions before entering another government.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives all support HS2 but Nick Clegg accused Labour of "ambivalence" over the project. UKIP does not support HS2.

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Weather conditions force HMS Ocean to leave tonight

HMS Ocean has been in Sunderland for four days. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

HMS Ocean will sail away from Wearside this evening, a day earlier than expected.

The Royal Navy has confirmed weather and sea conditions mean the UK biggest's warship will leave at 6:30pm after four days in the city.

Thousands of visitors have boarded the vessel, which has been open to the public over the last two days,

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