High Speed Rail plans divide Conservatives in rural England


The High Speed (HS2) plans for a faster rail link between London and Birmingham risks alienating Conservatives who live along the route of the proposed line through the Chilterns and south Midlands.

Rachel Halvorsen, a councillor from Northamptonshire whose farm is on the proposed route, tells transport minister Theresa Villiers why she could leave the party.

Labour's Ed Balls backs the scheme and calls for it to be extended to West Yorkshire, where he is an MP.

The plan was announced by the outgoing Labour government and is backed the coalition.

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