Keir Starmer and Tulip Siddiq set to ignore three-line Labour whip on final HS2 vote

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

Tulip Siddiq

MPs Tulip Siddiq and Sir Keir Starmer are set to ignore orders from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to back plans for the £56 billion HS2 railway in a final House of Commons vote tomorrow (Wednesday)

They are both expected to vote against the HS2 Hybrid Bill – a decision which could cost them places in Mr Corbyn's shadow team – but will support an amendment aimed at ensuring the construction rubble will be transported in and out of Camden by rail. This would bring an end to HS2's plans to send hundreds of construction lorries into Camden every day.

The amendment also backs Camden Council long held ambition for a full redevelopment of Euston Station that considers Crossrail 2's recently approved plans for the east side in Eversholt Street and plan for a “fully integrated Euston station”.

The Parliamentary Labour Party confirmed on Monday night there would be a three line whip on all MPs for the third and final reading in the House of Commons. A petition set up last week calling on Mr Starmer to oppose the bill has attracted more than 5500 signatures.

Last week, former Holborn and St Pancras Mp Frank Dobson sent out letters to 154 Labour MPs in the North warning them not to fall for Government spin about HS2 rebalancing the divide between north and south.

He had of today (Tuesday) received just two responses, one from shadow treasury minister Rob Marris confirmed to him his opposition to HS2, and also MP Frank Skinner. The Bill is expected to be approved by MPs tomorrow in a debate scheduled for just three hours.


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