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Clegg backs HS2 project

Tue 20 Sep 2011

Nick Clegg has reaffirmed his support for plans to build a high-speed rail network in England.

The HS2 project has been met with vocal opposition from some parts of the country, but the deputy prime minister believes it will offer widespread benefits.

For instance, he told the Liberal Democrat Party Conference that the infrastructure upgrades would spread wealth "more fairly" to different regions.

This, he said, would mark a contrast from the previous state of affairs, when it was deemed acceptable to treat London and the south-east as the "locomotive of economic growth" for the rest of England.

Mr Clegg added that the HS2 scheme represents a crucial part of ensuring Britain has a more balanced and stable economy, rather than one that is too dependent on one region and a single industry.

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