UPDATED – For details of transport to the Lobby Day, please follow this link: https://stophs2.org/news/9760-lobby-day-transport-details.
For the day’s timetable see Confirmed: Hybrid Bill will be deposited on Stop HS2 Lobby Day, 25th November.
As you may have realised, we are now reaching the endgame with HS2. The stakes are being upped by the proponents as they mount their ‘big fight back’, which we have critiqued here; https://stophs2.org/news/9705-hs2-fight-back-powered-acme. The HS2 Hybrid Bill is set for deposition on Monday 25th November. As such, we want you to join campaigners from up and down the country on the 25th, to be able to say that you were there when we take our fight back to Parliament.
We’d like you to join us in Old Palace Yard outside Parliament (SW1P 3JY) from 10.30, before moving in to Parliament around mid-day, to make our presence felt to MPs and Lords. So please start making arrangements to join us and arrange to meet your MP, or invite them to our events from Parliamentarians in Committee Room 11 (1pm-3pm) or Committee Room 14 (3.30pm-5.30pm) on the day, and we’d especially like to see MPs from off the proposed HS2 route too. We have also booked Committee Room 12 for 1pm to 3pm to be used by you as somewhere to meet with MPs and Lords.
In addition, we’d like you to email a Lord to ask them for a meeting, using the suggested text below. To find a Lord who may share your interests and to contact them, go to https://www.writetothem.com/lords, and you can also to contact your MP if you don’t have the details via the homepage of that website.
More details will follow in further emails, but for now please, please, please make arrangements to join us on the 25th, and please contact a Lord or two with the suggested text below.
Hope to see you on the 25th!
Please visit https://www.writetothem.com/lords, choose a Lord and cut and paste the text below:
I am writing to you about the Governments proposed HS2 project. As you will be aware, the HS2 Preparation Bill went through The Lords on Tuesday 19th November, and I have to say I was exceptionally disappointed with the low levels of knowledge displayed in the debate. The passage of this Bill is nothing more than giving the green light for unlimited expenditure on HS2 preparation work which is needed for one reason, and one reason only: that the project is already over-budget and more money needs to be released. Despite eight construction firms recently signing an open letter that they would not go over-budget on HS2, they neglected to mention that two of them were as early as January 2013..
I will be visiting the Palace of Westminster on Monday 25th November, and would very much like the opportunity to meet and discuss other aspects of HS2. A summation of recent issues can be found via this link https://stophs2.org/news/9705-hs2-fight-back-powered-acme. I would also invite you to attend one of the events being held by Stop HS2 one day day in either Committee Room 11 (1pm-3pm) on the day or Committee Room 14 (3.30pm-5.30pm).
Additionally, wish to say that I am pleased that the committee stage of Part 2 of the Lobbying Bill has been delayed until 16th December. The campaign against HS2 is potentially the best example of why this piece of legislation is completely unworkable. The financial thresholds are not necessarily the problem, rather the change in the definition of what would constitute ‘political activity’, and the need for organisations working together to consolidate spending on a single issue. Currently, there are over 100 local action groups as well as three national organisations working against HS2. There is also a plethora of local, regional and national organisations which are spending part of their time fighting the plans. Part 2 of the Lobbying Bill would require all of these organisations to consolidate all of their annual spending against HS2 within three months of a General Election, which I am sure you will agree would be completely impractical.