October 23rd, 2016

White rebels again over HS2

Updated: 2:57 pm, May 07, 2015

CHRIS White MP stuck to his guns over HS2 and voted against the government in Parliament.

Last night (Monday) MPs voted on the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill which grants powers to construct and operate phase one of the controversial project.

And despite a 35-strong Tory rebellion – which included the Warwick and Leamington MP – the Bill passed its first parliamentary hurdle.

It will now be considered in detail by a committee of MPs but is not expected to become law until after the 2015 election.

If it goes ahead, the high speed line would cut through the heart of rural Warwickshire including Cubbington, Kenilworth and Southam.

Mr White previously opposed the project in October last year, when he was one of 17 Tory rebels to vote against the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill.

Having also rebelled over military intervention in Syria and the controversial ‘gagging’ bill, he was later asked to resign as the government ambassador of his own bill, which became the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

Asked in April if he regretted voting against the government on these issues, he said “not for a fraction of a second.”

In this latest vote, MP for Kenilworth and Southam, Jeremy Wright, was among 47 Tories who were absent or abstained.