Responding to the reports that the Manchester leg of HS2 is set to be imminently scrapped, Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:
“Rishi Sunak using a conference in Manchester to cancel the Northern leg of HS2 would make Liz Truss look like a political genius. Yet again, a Conservative Party conference has become mired in chaos while the country suffers.
“This would be a bitter blow for communities and businesses who have seen promise after promise broken by this Conservative government. The Conservatives have already trashed today's economy, now it seems Rishi Sunak is doing everything he can to trash our future economy too.
“We have a Prime Minister who flies round the country by helicopter then wants to scrap high-speed rail links for the rest of us. It is the ultimate symbol of a Conservative government that is out of touch, out of ideas and needs to be kicked out of office.”