After Rail Minister Nus Ghani had categorically told him that no HS2 staff have ever signed agreements with confidentiality clauses, Ivan Lewis MP was rather less than impressed when a written answer from her counterpart in the Lords, Baroness Vere, showed there have actually been 47.
Naturally, Lewis was not too impressed on this and on the day that parliament broke up for summer spoke about HS2 twice. First was to ask the Speaker what the procedure for getting Ghani back to explain why she misled parliament, and the second time he made it clear that the whistleblowing scandal at HS2 Ltd is not going away.
Last week, campaigners from the Steeple Claydon area went to the HS2 Ltd HQ in Bimringham to deliver a petition, asking for the HS2 CEO Mark Thurston to come and explain himself to them. They were met at Snow Hill station by business owners from Birmingham who still haven’t been paid after HS2 Ltd seized their land last year.
This is how it was reported on the TV news in the two regions.