North Northamptonshire’s two Conservative MPs last night (Monday) rebelled against the Government to oppose plans for the HS2 rail link.
Kettering MP Philip Hollobone and Wellingborough and Rushden’s Peter Bone joined 26 Tory rebels in the House of Commons yesterday.
A total of 43 MPs voted against, with a smaller rebellion by some Labour MPs. Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford voted for the bill.
All three main party leaders support the high-speed rail project, which would cut journey times and provide extra capacity between London and Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield.
Many MPs whose constituencies are on the route of the proposed railway opposed the scheme. The only county MP whose constituency is affected – Andrea Leadsom, who represents South Northamptonshire – did not vote. The newly appointed treasury minister was in Brussels on official Government business.