PLANS for the a high speed railway service that will cut a swathe across Staffordshire gathered steam last night after MPs voted in favour of a 'paving' bill.
Despite Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy and Stone MP Bill Cash joining a rebel group of 17 Tories who voted against the High Speed Rail Preparation Bill, it was passed by a majority of 350 votes for to 34 against.
Stone MP Bill Cash told the Newsletter his constituents were 'deeply distressed' over the way the proposals were being 'rammed' through Parliament and vowed, to fight 'tooth and nail' against the upcoming Hybrid Bill on HS2 phase one, due to be tabled in Parliament later this month.
"I have voted against the paving bill at every stage, and I have put forward amendments for proper compensation.
"This project has been condemned by the Public Accounts Committee, and by other reports," he said. "It just doesn't stack up financially. We will continue to fight.
"Nothing can happen until we get to the Hybrid Bill, and that will be a much closer vote. I will be fighting against that bill tooth and nail."
Mr Cash said he would be personally meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, on behalf of his constituents in November. Mr McLoughlin welcomed the result of the vote saying: "Parliament has again given a clear signal of its support for HS2.