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Aylesbury MP David Lidington calls for HS2 consultation to start again
DAVID Lidington has called for a flawed consultation into the HS2 project to be restarted.
The Aylesbury MP said in a letter to the new Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin his constituents were "deeply concerned" at the revelation hundreds of responses were not anaylsed due to a technical error.
He said in his letter the news "further undermines" a consultation which many residents felt "was just an exercise that had to be gone through".
Mr Lidington concluded his letter, dated September 20, by writing: "In order to ensure that everybody has full confidence in the consultation process I urge you on behalf of my constituents to consider restarting the consultation process on HS2."
Referring to the fact more than 1,000 responses were not considered in the Department for Transport's analysis, he wrote: "This admission by your Department that not all consultation responses were properly analysed further undermines any remaining confidence that my constituents had in the consultation process."
The Department for Transport said the answers from the missing responses would not have affected their judgement on how to proceed with the controversial project as more than 55,000 others were correctly analysed.
Mr Lidington posted the letters to Mr McLoughlin, who replaced Justine Greening as Transport Secretary earlier this month in a cabinet reshuffle, on his personal blog.