The Conservative party manifesto was launched earlier today – this was contained on pages 23 and 24 (red highlights added) –
We are working through one of the largest-ever investment programmes in our roads and railways, putting some £40 billion into transport improvements across the United Kingdom over the rest of this decade. We are investing to reduce travel time and cost, increase capacity and attract investment here in the UK. We will continue our programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport – and we will ensure that these great projects do as much as possible to develop the skills and careers of British workers.
HS2 will devastate the North of our borough whilst the Third Runway will destroy over 800 homes, render thousands uninhabitable due to noise and pollution whilst making our already dangerous air quality even worse.
Labour are open to the Third Runway subject to ‘certain conditions being met’ whilst John McDonnell supports the construction of HS2 according to The Independent.
Only UKIP of the major parties oppose both projects whilst having sensible policies to improve air and rail transport.
The following article is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the official view of the party
It is often said that a week is a long time in politics – with the events of the last seven days it has certainly seemed that way!
Following on from the surprise resignation of leader Diane James MEP after just 18 days in the role, we have now seen media headlines surrounding an altercation between two of our MEP’s in the EU Parliament in Strasbourg.
The Party is currently investigating what actually happened and as such it would be wrong for me to speculate before that investigation is concluded. I feel sure that we all wish Steven Woolfe MEP, a personal friend and a thoroughly decent man, a speedy recovery.
Today is polling day for the GLA elections. Many in the North of Hillingdon are rightly concerned about HS2.
If this is something that will affect your vote, below is the stance of all the major candidates in the Mayoral and Ealing&Hillingdon seat (With thanks to independent campaign group Hillingdon Against HS2 whose information I have used below)
Labour Sadiq Khan
Has not replied to any HAHS2 communication and did not respond to our invite to meet.
Abstained at the final vote but has been supportive of HS2 in the past. Lab GLA Dr.Onkar Sahota
Current representative for Hillingdon and Ealing on the GLA
Has met with HAHS2, attended our last and other events
Hasn’t used his position to give any practical help
Offers sympathy locally but publicly supports HS2