McBride ad­vises Miliband against rail project

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THE leader of the Labour Party has been en­cour­aged to scrap HS2 by a for­mer gov­ern­ment me­dia ad­viser.

Damian McBride, who ad­vised Gor­don Brown when he was Prime Min­is­ter, says that Labour Party leader Ed Miliband should put ‘prin­ci­ple be­fore po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tion’ and with­draw his party’s support for the con­tro­ver­sial rail line.

There have been se­nior fig­ures in the Labour Party pre­vi­ously who have ques­tioned the value of the project.

Shadow Chan­cel­lor Ed Balls has said that he be­lieves es­ca­lat­ing costs of the line should be looked at by the Labour Party and that there should not be a blank cheque for the project.

Writ­ing in The Times news­pa­per, Mr McBride said: “HS2 is a bad idea sim­ply be­cause it will not hap­pen as planned.

“And if politi­cians can’t see into the fu­ture to ap­pre­ci­ate that, they should at least look back at ev­ery other ma­jor trans­port project of the past three decades that re­lied on bull­doz­ing peo­ple’s homes, gar­dens and forests.”

‘NO JUS­TICE’: Labour leader Ed Miliband (above) has been ad­vised against HS2 by Damian McBride (right)

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