Gillan’s excuse unravels: house for sale only after HS2 route published

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.

6 Comments

  1. Siôn Eurfyl Jones
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    What do you expect from a privileged tory?

  2. Posted January 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    And no resignation. It seems the ministerial limo has got too comfortable…. or now that her house is sold none of it matters anyway.

  3. Posted January 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I remember there were going to be mass resignations over the EU referendum debate, too. And tuition fees. Whatever happened to those?

  4. Geraint
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    She shouldn’t even be Welsh Secretary. Why should an English MP, be Welsh Secretary, especially one who is using her cabinet position to fight for her consituency, and not for Wales. Which is her job.

  5. Robin Pollard
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    If the route was made public prior to her selling the property I don’t really see what the problem is. It’s not as though she had any privileged information that the new owners didn’t have access to.

  6. Posted November 13, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    There’s certainly a great deal to find out about
    this issue. I really like all the points you’ve made.

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