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Campaigners critical of David Cameron’s backing for HS2

A Stop HS2 placard in the shape of a white elephant

A Stop HS2 placard in the shape of a white elephant

Campaigners have accused the government of double-standards after David Cameron insisted that the HS2 rail line will definitely go ahead.

The Prime Minister gave his backing to the scheme which could see high speed trains travelling through Lichfield in a House of Commons debate.

But campaigners from the Stop HS2 group have said his comments make a mockery of the public consultation on the scheme.

Spokesman Joe Rukin said:

“This is a knee-jerk reaction from Mr Cameron to the fact that opposition to HS2 is growing. He has been trying to encourage the Big Society, saying that he is all in favour of people having a say about matters which affect their area, yet he seems to be saying that the first big test for his big society, the consultation on HS2, will be a big sham.

“Despite Transport Minister Theresa Villiers saying HS2 is ‘not a done deal’, it is clearly a done deal as far as the Prime Minister is concerned.”

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant revealed earlier this week how HS2 bosses have revealed that opposition to the line in the city is among the fiercest on the proposed route.

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