Boris Johnson shooting himself in the foot with transport U-turn losing massive votes!

Boris Johnson is ‘shooting himself in foot’ says northern voter

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of betrayal after his plans for the modern high-speed train have been cut, saving the UK billions of pounds in the process. Mr Johnson also faced accusations of breaking his promise in another major way due to the fact that proposals for the train line will now be downgraded. The now-revised plans have left many feeling let down as MPs held Boris to task amid concerns the U-turn could impact Tory electoral chances in the Red Wall.

Editor at the Sheffield Star Nancy Fielder warned northerners have been feeling especially betrayed after trusting Boris Johnson with their votes in the 2019’s general election.

Ms Fielder told BBC Politics: “He won votes on a promise to transform the North.

“To make it easier for the big Northern cities to be able to contribute properly to the national economy.

“He’s shooting himself in the foot there.

“To be able to communicate and get to each other more quickly, if he lived up here he would understand how everybody drives between, Sheffield, Manchester, and Leeds because the transport is just appalling.”

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Ms Fielder added: “I think he’s making a massive, massive mistake. People ask me, ‘has he messed up overseas?’

“Has he messed up over this, well this one is going to lose him massive votes in the North.

“It’s sad that we’re even looking at it this way because what it is doing is holding back the North from economically contributing.

“And frankly it’s disgusting and the mood in the North is absolutely livid today.”

 

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Bradford is one of the worst connected cities in the UK for commuters in some parts of the North journeys should average half an hour instead they take over an hour.

Thousands of commuters were hopeful about the promised changes to rail services by the government. 

The Labour party leader Kier Starmer was asked about his thoughts on the proposed changes, he said: “The Government has ripped up those promises and betrayed people in the North.

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“I was in Bradford yesterday and the anger is palpable,” 

“People feel very strongly that promises have been made to them and they have just been ripped up. The idea that ‘levelling up’ is anything more than a slogan has absolutely blown away by what happened yesterday.

“The whole point of HS2 was a high-speed line going up including to Leeds. The whole point of the promise of Northern Powerhouse Rail was a new line going from Manchester to Leeds.

“Trying to upgrade what you have got is a second-class option for the North.”  Sir Keir told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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