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HS2 legislation clears Commons

Government legislation to build a controversial high speed railway line linking London to the north of England cleared the House of Commons.

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Clegg 'appalled' by Labour's 'betrayal' of north over HS2

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said business leaders in his Sheffield constituency were "absolutely appalled" by Labour's apparent "betrayal" of the north of England after cooling their support of the High Speed 2 rail project.

It just beggars belief for a party that constantly parades itself as the authentic voice of the north of England is now prepared to turn its back on the businesses, the communities, the families which I think all the evidence shows will benefit disproportionately from an investment in a high speed north-south railway link.

I just think it is miserable, it's pathetic that an idea which we inherited from Labour and in all good faith took forward because we thought, given they were the architects of the idea they might support it, that when it becomes politically convenient to play games with it, they start playing games with it.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

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