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Stop HS2!

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October 31, 2013

6:00 pm

Church House Conference Centre, London SW1P 3NZ


Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group

Nigel Farage, For the motion, politician and broadcaster.

Rory Sutherland, For the motion, executive creative director and vice-chairman, Ogilvy UK and The Spectator's Wiki Man

Cheryl Gillan, For the motion, Conservative MP, Chesham and Amersham

Matthew Parris, Against the motion, journalist and broadcaster, The Times and The Spectator

Richard Leese, Against the motion, leader, Manchester City Council

Steve Norris, Against the motion, member of the Treasury, HS2 Growth Task Force


The government is pressing ahead with an ambitious High Speed Rail service to better connect our largest cities.

It’s a plan that will take 20 years to complete, cost at least £50 billion and wreak havoc in the countryside. Is it worth it? Or is it just a Westminster vanity project?

By 2033, trains and conventional offices could be things of the past. Other countries are abandoning their high speed rail projects. So is the coalition on the wrong track? Should HS2 be stopped now before it’s too late?