Flip-flopping After initially opposing HS2, Keir Starmer has stated that he now supports the high-speed rail link.

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Flip-flopping After initially opposing HS2, Keir Starmer has stated that he now supports the high-speed rail link.

FLIP-FLOPPING Sir Keir Starmer has changed his mind about HS2, after initially opposing the high-speed train link.

The Labour leader called the decision to cut the Leeds section of the line a “betrayal to the North” and promised that if he became Prime Minister, he would build it.

“The whole premise of Northern Powerhouse Rail’s promise was a new line running from Manchester to Leeds,” he remarked.

“Upgrading what you already have is a second-class option in the North.”

However, the Labour leader campaigned against HS2 being built in his own neighbourhood of London’s Euston station, even submitting petitions to Parliament to have it delayed.

“Handing over petitions against HS2 in Parliament today with my nearby MP Tulip Siddiq,” he tweeted in 2015.

“Classic Keir Starmer says one thing and then changes his position when there is a chep political advantage,” claimed Alex Stafford, Tory MP for Rother Valley. He’s all over the place right now.” “Having previously handed in petitions against HS2, it appears Keir Starmer has had a principles point failure and has now changed track and fully switched his views,” fellow Conservative Luke Hall remarked. Labour, on the other hand, claimed that the party had long supported HS2 and that Sir Keir had altered his views after the Euston stage of the project was completed.

The government confirmed yesterday that the Leeds section of the train link would be scrapped, infuriating Northerners.

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