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McLoughlin - for or against HS2?

Patrick McLoughlin, appointed as Transport Secretary Credit: PA Pictures

Anti HS2 campaigners say they are eagerly awaiting their first meeting with the newly appointed Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

The Derbyshire Dales MP takes up the brief after the removal of Justine Greening in David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr McLoughlin's appointment is seen as one way to address the controversial issue of a possible third runway at Heathrow but voters in the Midlands are more concerned about how the new arrival at the department might tackle the arguments for and against HS2.

The proposed HS2 Credit: HS2 Ltd.

The multi-billion pound rail line is viewed by the business community as a way to boost much needed growth for the West Midlands. But campaigners against the project say it will cut through swathes of rural countryside.

They will be keen to win over Mr McLoughlin.

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