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HS2 protester reveals why she clashed with Philip Hammond

Pamela Tole shares her views with Philip Hammond outside the Guildhall

Pamela Tole shares her views with Philip Hammond outside the Guildhall

One of the protesters who clashed with transport minister Philip Hammond in Lichfield has revealed why she felt the need to let him know what she thought.

Pamela Tole was among a group of campaigners who got the chance to air their views on the proposals when the Secretary of State attended a meeting at the Lichfield Guildhall.

And although the meeting was behind closed doors, Mr Hammond did meet protesters afterwards – and quickly found himself fending off questions from Mrs Tole.

As he stepped outside the Guildhall she told him:

“We don’t want it in Lichfield – we can’t afford it!”

However, Mr Hammond told her that the Government “has to invest in infrastructure”.

But Mrs Tole told The Lichfield Blog she felt that she had to tackle him on an issue which she says will blight her home.

Click below to hear Mrs Tole’s views after he discussion with Mr Hammond:

Click below to hear the full audio of Philip Hammond and Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant facing protesters outside the Guildhall:

See more of our coverage of the HS2 debate here.

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  1. Joe Rukin

    6th October, 2010 at 11:04 am

  2. Lizzy Williams

    9th October, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I’m sorry I wasn’t there folks but it was my first day’s rest after completing my walk of the line. I did keep in touch by phone however and you should all be congratulated on turning up and showing Mr Hammond your feelings. I am becoming increasingly confirmed that in these “private” meetings he is saying the route is set and mitigation is the only thing to discuss and when confronted with the media he is saying it is all still up for grabs. We will not accept mixed messages. Fight for democracy and stand with Pamela! Lizzy Williams