HS2 will lose Tatton MP majority seat, warn campaigners

Knutsford Guardian: Anti-HS2 campaigners wait to confront MP George Osborne Anti-HS2 campaigners wait to confront MP George Osborne

DISGRUNTLED campaigners are warning a Tatton MP he could lose his majority seat because of the proposed high-speed rail link.

George Osborne MP met with parish councillors from Tatton on Friday at Macclesfield Town Hall to discuss the plans for HS2 phase two.

But members of Mid Cheshire Against HS2 and All Cheshire Against HS2 gathered outside the venue to protest at not being able to ‘air their views and grievances’ about the £50billion project.

“George must surely realise by continuing to avoid his constituents a groundswell of opposition is building up,” said chair of All Cheshire Against HS2, Ewen Simpson. “Fringe parties opposing HS2 are gaining a great deal of support.

“If he and his advisers think his majority of just under 15,000 makes Tatton a safe seat, he should think again – a previous Conservative MP thought so and lost out.

“HS2 is fast becoming the Tatton ‘Brown Envelope’.”

The campaign groups say they feel aggrieved at a lack of MP surgeries or correspondence with the Chancellor.

“George Osborne used police decoys to avoid meeting 20 of his constituents who were waiting to speak to him after a ‘closed meeting’ – not in his Tatton Constituency by the way,” added Mr Simpson.

“His constituents had been trying to meet with him at surgeries, so they can meet a Member of Parliament ‘face to face’ to air their views and grievances, but not George.

“We thought this meeting was to be George on his own, but no. HS2 Ltd people were there too – in other words, an HS2 Ltd presentation. No opposing views or challenges allowed.”

However, prior to the meeting, Mr Osborne reiterated the importance of HS2 and said the government will deal with those affected on a case-by-case basis.

“I think HS2 is a really important piece of infrastructure for the whole of Britain and is also very important for Cheshire,” he said.

“It’s going to make travel easier, help local stations, bring jobs to the area and bring people to the rest of the country.

“I am pro HS2, but I also represent people who are affected and I understand if you are anxious but there is compensation available.

“We deal with these cases on a case by case basis. For Knutsford it’s a really good scheme, but if you are affected by it I will help each person individually.”

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2:40pm Fri 20 Dec 13

MrBenggo says...

Gideon Osborne isn't bothered about what his constituents think,if he had a shred of decency and honesty he would have met people to discuss matters.
Amazing isn't it,they don't protest about government policy such as the bedroom tax,but I suppose in a well off area there aren't many people it would affect.
Gideon Osborne isn't bothered about what his constituents think,if he had a shred of decency and honesty he would have met people to discuss matters. Amazing isn't it,they don't protest about government policy such as the bedroom tax,but I suppose in a well off area there aren't many people it would affect. MrBenggo

2:44pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PetersRock says...

In a constituency where 'Selfie George' feels so safe that he has no need to court those voters who gave him an extra 3000 votes at the last election, following his appearance at the Parliamentary Expenses scandal, why should he worry about who will vote for whom at the next election?

The last election seems to have shown that many people would vote for a pot dog. Perhaps we should dust one off ready..?
In a constituency where 'Selfie George' feels so safe that he has no need to court those voters who gave him an extra 3000 votes at the last election, following his appearance at the Parliamentary Expenses scandal, why should he worry about who will vote for whom at the next election? The last election seems to have shown that many people would vote for a pot dog. Perhaps we should dust one off ready..? PetersRock

11:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PetersRock says...

MrBenggo wrote:
Gideon Osborne isn't bothered about what his constituents think,if he had a shred of decency and honesty he would have met people to discuss matters.
Amazing isn't it,they don't protest about government policy such as the bedroom tax,but I suppose in a well off area there aren't many people it would affect.
Aah, yes, Mr Benggo. What you are overlooking is abject apathy.. even if bathrooms, kitchens and back doors were to be taxed out of existence.. still the apathetic would continue to pretend it wasn't happening. It is on the back of this that such as 'Selfie George' take their profits and schtum.
[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: Gideon Osborne isn't bothered about what his constituents think,if he had a shred of decency and honesty he would have met people to discuss matters. Amazing isn't it,they don't protest about government policy such as the bedroom tax,but I suppose in a well off area there aren't many people it would affect.[/p][/quote]Aah, yes, Mr Benggo. What you are overlooking is abject apathy.. even if bathrooms, kitchens and back doors were to be taxed out of existence.. still the apathetic would continue to pretend it wasn't happening. It is on the back of this that such as 'Selfie George' take their profits and schtum. PetersRock

2:11pm Sat 21 Dec 13

padav says...

DISGRUNTLED campaigners are deluding themselves if they actually believe their voices will make an iota of difference to the 2015 Tatton constituency result! A quick scan of past results readily indicates the likely outcome and HS2, which is of immediate concern to a mere handful of Tatton constituents, will have ZERO influence - Single Member Plurality (First Past the Post) voting alone ensures that any candidate wearing a blue rosette is a sure fire winner in these parts (provided of course they don't accept stuffed brown envelopes in return for asking questions in Parliament!)
DISGRUNTLED campaigners are deluding themselves if they actually believe their voices will make an iota of difference to the 2015 Tatton constituency result! A quick scan of past results readily indicates the likely outcome and HS2, which is of immediate concern to a mere handful of Tatton constituents, will have ZERO influence - Single Member Plurality (First Past the Post) voting alone ensures that any candidate wearing a blue rosette is a sure fire winner in these parts (provided of course they don't accept stuffed brown envelopes in return for asking questions in Parliament!) padav

8:21pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Hibernian says...

Nobody in Tatton objected to a waste incinerator, for heaven's sake - compared with that, why should he worry about a railway line?
Nobody in Tatton objected to a waste incinerator, for heaven's sake - compared with that, why should he worry about a railway line? Hibernian

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