It's not often you'll see a picture of Jack Brereton MP on my Facebook wall, but yesterday we spoke on the same issue (HS2 - West Midlands to Crewe Bill) one after each other. I followed Jack's speech, but didn't share his enthusiasm for a current HS2 bill that in its current state offers little economic benefit for the people of Stoke-on-Trent. As I said in my speech yesterday:
"The principle behind a high-speed rail network is absolutely fine, but the Bill should actually... be entitled the devastation of Staffordshire Bill. It will lay an iron scar across our county, and it will bring very little in the way of economic benefits. All that it does is seek to take all the potential benefits and, through a bottleneck, funnel them down to London and the south-east, where there will be no benefit for my constituents". Another missed opportunity for government to support our region.
I also asked if there Minister could give assurances that HS2 won't mean fewer West Coast Main Line services calling at Stoke-on-Trent. Frustratingly the Minister refused to do so.