UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Middle England trumps Scotland in Tories’ rail priorities says Carmichael

Press Release   •   Feb 22, 2010 08:41 GMT

“High-speed rail would hugely benefit Scotland through faster links with cities south of the border," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Scotland Secretary.

Commenting on the Tories’ admission that they have refused to look at plans for high speed rail, and reports that they are unwilling to commit to a route which may upset key Tory constituencies, Alistair Carmichael said:

“This shows that Scotland is easily trumped by Middle England when it comes to Tory priorities.

“High-speed rail would hugely benefit Scotland through faster links with cities south of the border. Yet just the whiff of protest from Tory shires is enough for them to refuse even to consider the plans.

“David Cameron cannot claim to respect Scotland one day, then bury his head in the sand as soon as this means tough choices. Scotland’s needs are clearly as irrelevant to the Tories as their party is to Scotland.”