HS2 rally in Great Missenden as candidate usurps Tory
The rally heard from a number of speakers, including Missenden MP Cheryl Gillan, county councillor Martin Tett and Hilary Wharf from HS2 Action Alliance. A sound recording of what protesters say the train will sound like was also played to the more than 1,000 people who attended, while a poem about HS2 was performed by children from Great Missenden School.
An independent Stop HS2 candidate who stunned the Conservatives by winning the Great Missenden seat in the district council elections, also appeared at the event.
Seb Berry beat Tory Michael Nockles by 535 votes to 495 to become a councillor at Chiltern District Council.
It meant a huge swing against the Tories, who had previously romped to victory in 2007 with more than 70 per cent of the vote.
Councillor Berry said the result was the first signs of an ‘HS2 electoral revolt’ and that it sent a clear message to the Conservatives that their plans were angering people who had previously supported the party all their lives.
He said: “It shows that if the government chooses to push ahead with HS2 this December, the decision will have real electoral consequences for the coalition parties in Buckinghamshire and right along the route, beginning in 2013 with the county council elections.
“They can’t say they haven’t been warned.”See http://tinyurl.com/6ganwxf
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