HS2 campaigns lead to Parliamentary Award nominations for Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan

Bucks Free Press: Cheryl Gillan Cheryl Gillan

CHERYL Gillan has been nominated for two prizes in the annual Parliamentary Awards for her work campaigning against HS2.

Colleagues nominated the Chesham and Amersham MP for Environmental Campaigner of the Year and Transport Campaigner of the Year in the Dods Parliamentary Awards.

The former Welsh Secretary is described as "the most vocal Conservative opponent of HS2" on the Dods website, with the controversial high speed rail line set to cut through the heart of her constituency.

Mrs Gillan joked: "I'm sure the whips won't want me to win the transport award."

She added: "I'm really flattered to be put forward in two categories. It shows my colleagues what I'm trying to do on HS2."

Also on the shortlist for the Environmental Award are former Energy Minister John Hayes, for work in opposing onshore wind farms, and Lib Dem MP for Burnley Gordon Birtwistle, who campaigned against the proposed badger cull.

The other two hopefuls for the Transport Award are Robert Halfon, for campaigning to stop planned fuel duty rises, and John McDonnell for opposing expansion at Heathrow Airport.

Margaret Hodge is shortlisted for the Select Committee Member of the Year, having chaired a July Public Accounts Committee meeting that heavily criticised HS2.

The results are set to be announced on January 28.

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1:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Rewards for failures once again. (this has become my favourite sentence)How can someone be nominated for a reward for absolutely failing in every sense in doing their job/campaign ? These are the people awarding themselves huge tax breaks, over £10,000 pay increase and now they want another award ! This utter waste of space Gillan deserves the award for being a deceiving traitor because as soon as she knew the HS2 No campaign is a lost battle, she sells her house near to the development site and moves to pastures new ! What does that tell you about a liar dragging along this fruitless campaign and deceiving everyone along the way. She certainly should get the award for for being a CON !
Rewards for failures once again. (this has become my favourite sentence)How can someone be nominated for a reward for absolutely failing in every sense in doing their job/campaign ? These are the people awarding themselves huge tax breaks, over £10,000 pay increase and now they want another award ! This utter waste of space Gillan deserves the award for being a deceiving traitor because as soon as she knew the HS2 No campaign is a lost battle, she sells her house near to the development site and moves to pastures new ! What does that tell you about a liar dragging along this fruitless campaign and deceiving everyone along the way. She certainly should get the award for for being a CON ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 13

3:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jdough says...

I don't recall Gillan being particularly against HS2 when she was in the Cabinet.

Still, I guess how she's sold up and moved out of Amersham goes to show how "we're all in it together"...
I don't recall Gillan being particularly against HS2 when she was in the Cabinet. Still, I guess how she's sold up and moved out of Amersham goes to show how "we're all in it together"... jdough
  • Score: 16

3:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Scarletto says...

Lest we forget........

This item is depressing and amazing. She was in favour of the route and then switched opinions as she sold her Old Amersham house quietly.
It was very closee to the rail route and property value would have probably been affected. Too many of us are cynical about Chery's motives and she will lose votes. Tories will lose votes in Bucks and along the likely route.
Lest we forget........ This item is depressing and amazing. She was in favour of the route and then switched opinions as she sold her Old Amersham house quietly. It was very closee to the rail route and property value would have probably been affected. Too many of us are cynical about Chery's motives and she will lose votes. Tories will lose votes in Bucks and along the likely route. Scarletto
  • Score: 7

11:59am Tue 14 Jan 14

M40 says...

An award for ensuring Britain remains in the dark ages - What Next?

There was little opposition to motorway building back in the 1950's and 60's. if there had been and the NIMBY's won the country would be at a standstill now.

Cheryl should resign, she with her policies are no good to anyone.
An award for ensuring Britain remains in the dark ages - What Next? There was little opposition to motorway building back in the 1950's and 60's. if there had been and the NIMBY's won the country would be at a standstill now. Cheryl should resign, she with her policies are no good to anyone. M40
  • Score: -5

1:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

gpn01 says...

M40 wrote:
An award for ensuring Britain remains in the dark ages - What Next?

There was little opposition to motorway building back in the 1950's and 60's. if there had been and the NIMBY's won the country would be at a standstill now.

Cheryl should resign, she with her policies are no good to anyone.
When theer were canals there was no objection to mdernising with horse buggies. Then there was modernisation with the introduction of trains. Then there was further modernisation with cars & motorways, then there was widespread modernisation with aeroplanes, then there was modernisation through technology and internet use. Why would we want to start going backwards using 19th Century industry (trains) in 21st Century? Surely going back to 19th Century transport is a way of returning us to the dark ages?

When your justification for spending £50bn of taxpayers money on another railway is "no one complained 50 years ago when you spent money on something completely different" then it's obvious that it doesn't justify destroying AONB, ancient Woodlands, countryside, etc. etc.
[quote][p][bold]M40[/bold] wrote: An award for ensuring Britain remains in the dark ages - What Next? There was little opposition to motorway building back in the 1950's and 60's. if there had been and the NIMBY's won the country would be at a standstill now. Cheryl should resign, she with her policies are no good to anyone.[/p][/quote]When theer were canals there was no objection to mdernising with horse buggies. Then there was modernisation with the introduction of trains. Then there was further modernisation with cars & motorways, then there was widespread modernisation with aeroplanes, then there was modernisation through technology and internet use. Why would we want to start going backwards using 19th Century industry (trains) in 21st Century? Surely going back to 19th Century transport is a way of returning us to the dark ages? When your justification for spending £50bn of taxpayers money on another railway is "no one complained 50 years ago when you spent money on something completely different" then it's obvious that it doesn't justify destroying AONB, ancient Woodlands, countryside, etc. etc. gpn01
  • Score: 5

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