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On June 23rd, the British people voted for Brexit in the referendum. So did Doncaster. I believe we must respect that decision to leave the European Union. That is why I recently voted to support the triggering of Article 50, which would begin our negotiations to leave the EU, by the end of March 2017.

That is my duty to my constituents. But my duty does not stop there. My duty to you is to make sure I play my part in getting the best possible deal for Britain and for Doncaster outside the EU. That is why I have been arguing that Parliament must be able to scrutinise and vote on the government’s plan for Brexit.

The reason this is so important is that there are huge issues at stake. Whether and on what terms Doncaster’s businesses will be able to export to countries in the European Union. Whether our workers will still be able to get jobs in other EU countries. What controls there will be on immigration after Brexit. And whether the government will honour the promise of the Leave campaign to deliver £350m a week extra for the NHS.

These issues are extremely complicated, and depend a lot on the process of the negotiations with the rest of Europe. But my fear is that there is little hope that Theresa May and her Tory government will ever deliver the right deal for our area. That’s why we need to watch her like a hawk and make sure Doncaster’s interests are protected.

Brexit was about crucial issues around our relationship with Europe and immigration. But it was also about people’s fundamental unhappiness that our economy was not working for them. That’s why it’s so disappointing that despite warm words, Theresa May is ploughing on with cuts to the Universal Credit which will hit working people, while finding the money to reduce corporation tax for large firms.

Delivering the best deal for Doncaster is about making Brexit fair. Fair to people whose wages are stuck, who can’t find an affordable home to rent or buy and worry about their kids chances. The reality is that this is a concern of Leave and Remain voters in Doncaster.

That must be the priority in the months and years ahead. The most crucial message of the referendum was that Britain today is not working for most people. That is what we must turn round and that is what I am committed to helping to achieve.

WE NEED THE BEST BREXIT DEAL FOR DONCASTER

On June 23rd, the British people voted for Brexit in the referendum. So did Doncaster. I believe we must respect that decision to leave the European Union. That is why...

Ed outlines why he believes the new HS2 route is not suitable and must change.

Doncaster is a railway town.

Historically, we have produced some of the world’s most famous locomotives and soon we will have the National College for High Speed Rail, a result of HS2, which will train thousands of engineers and, I hope, be a door to opportunity for local young people.

Phase one of the HS2 Project runs from London to Birmingham. Phase two will go to Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. We have always accepted that it wouldn’t be stopping in Doncaster, already better connected than some other places in the region.

We have supported the project because of the opportunities it should create for local people through the college and wider economic development in the City Region, through greater connectivity between South and North, and increased rail capacity.

That wider economic development was created by the line going into Meadowhall. That has always been the plan throughout the project. And our expectation was that this is what would happen.

As many people now know, at the eleventh hour, HS2 have now proposed to shift the HS2 route east to go through my constituency, including Mexborough, and near surrounding villages like Barnburgh, Hickleton, and Hooton Pagnell.

The new proposed route will go slap bang through a new housing estate in Mexborough, and other homes, and it has been heart-breaking to meet those affected over the last few weeks. People moved into their dream homes, and then sometimes within weeks, or even days, were told that HS2 was coming. What’s more, the new route would affect other land in Mexborough that the council had earmarked for housing development.

I am determined to stand up for my constituents who will be affected by these proposals. Standing up for them means working with Mayor Ros Jones, and Doncaster Council, and other neighbouring authorities, to make the best case we can for an alternative.

We continue to believe that Meadowhall was the right economic choice for the whole of the City Region, with its existing rail, tram, road and bus links. And we will make that case: against the new route and for the original plan. We are also going to demand that HS2 look seriously at the alternatives that local people have been putting forward since the route was announced.

Beyond this, we are demanding answers to the genuine questions local people have. About the impacts that construction would have on their lives, and what the eventual result would mean for them in terms of sound and visual impact. About the compensation that would be offered if the route was chosen which must take into account local circumstances, for example the lack of equivalent affordable housing. And about who can actually benefit from the compensation.

It is clear to me that there are many unanswered questions about the route, its impact and the alternatives. I have been meeting local people as well as Doncaster Council and local and parish councillors since the announcement.

I am determined to fight the corner of my constituents. For all the people whose lives have been turned upside down by these proposals. That’s what I will be doing in the weeks and months ahead.

HS2 route must change

Ed outlines why he believes the new HS2 route is not suitable and must change.


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