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People from right across the central Chilterns trekked through the snow and ice to Chequers on Sunday. Parents, children and dogs braved hazardous to take presents to the Prime Minister. The group leader, Councillor Shirley Judges from Great Missenden, explained: ‘Mr Cameron has said that the government will go ahead with HS2, at a cost of at least £25 billion [Ed: now double that, at £50bn]. They are spending £750 million on it now, at a time when transport projects, rail improvements, the health and education services and support for families are all being cut.’
She added that HS2 is intended for business travellers but more and more business people are using the internet instead of travelling. ‘HS2 will be a White Elephant,’ she said. ‘So we are giving Mr Cameron a White Elephant today in the hope that he will think again about building one.’
As well as gifts of a White Elephant and a toy train the group gave Mr Cameron a copy of the Preamble to the Chequers Trust Deed – a reminder of the reasons why the Prime Minister is given the use of a house in the peace and tranquility of the Chiltern Hills.
See the group at Chequers, on YouTube