Facing accusations that she sold her home 500 yards from the route of a controversial high-speed rail line, special advisers for cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan attempted to bat off criticism by pointing out that the property had been put on the market long before route details were finalised:
The media have been told that “It had nothing whatsoever to do with HS2”, with the BBC reporting:
“Her spokesman said the house had been on the market since June 2010”
But her excuse fails to account for the publication of detailed maps for HS2 by the Department for Transport three months before this in March 2010, with Gillan’s local newspaper also reporting the train tracks would cut through Amersham.
Rail campaigners have claimed only “minor tweaks” to the route were made subsequently as a result of consultations with Philip Hammond in December 2010 and February 2011.
The Welsh secretary gets out early while the value of her constituents’ homes plummet.
As usual, we’re all in this together.