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Local Infrastructure (East Midlands)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:33 am on 20th March 2018.

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Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin Conservative, Derbyshire Dales 10:33 am, 20th March 2018

From the hon. Gentleman’s previous experience in Manchester, he will know that HS2 and the whole concept of the Northern powerhouse, which was pushed heavily by the previous Chancellor, are very important. In the hon. Gentleman’s area, there will be one of the biggest upgrades of Northern Rail in the next eight or nine months, with brand new rolling stock—something that was completely missed out when the last franchise was awarded under the previous Labour Government.