‘Let me answer!’ Labour’s Lisa Nandy put on spot over HS2 by Fiona Bruce in BBC QT clash

Lisa Nandy was grilled by Fiona Bruce on BBC over Labour’s place on HS2.

In a heated second, the Labour frontbencher urged the host to “let me reply” as she was pressed on whether or not her social gathering would construct the high-speed rail line in full.

Bruce advised Ms Nandy she was “confused” about what Labour’s place was on the challenge, which has query marks over its future.

She requested the Labour MP quite a few instances to substantiate if Sir Keir Starmer would go forward with all the rail line.

Bruce stated: “You’ve got received two shadow cupboard ministers, that is final week, one saying on in the future we’ll construct HS2 in full and we’ll construct Northern Powerhouse Rail in full.

Lisa Nandy and Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce grilled Lisa Nandy over Labour’s place on HS2 (Picture: BBC QT)


“The very subsequent day you had one other shadow cupboard minister saying we have to see the total price earlier than we make a decision. So which is it – are you going to construct it or are you not going to construct it?”

Ms Nandy replied: “We need to see HS2 constructed, we have been constant about that over an extended time frame. The explanation I need to see it constructed…”

Bruce interrupted: “So simply to be clear, that is Labour coverage?”

Ms Nandy stated: “Let me… let me… let me… let me reply, if it is alright.”

As soon as the pair stopped talking over one another, the Labour MP went on: “I’ll reply the query. We need to see this constructed, there is not any query about that, we have been constant about that.

“We’d have began within the north not least as a result of the most important financial good thing about this line is the bit between Manchester and Birmingham which is exactly the bit that Rishi Sunak is now speaking about cancelling.

“The infrastructure we have was inbuilt Victorian instances and until we type that out we’ll be condemned to this distress not only for many years however for 50 or 100 years.

“That is what HS2 was designed to resolve and as an alternative what we have is the absurd spectacle this week of a Prime Minister who has spent £25 billion of our cash on this railway now saying {that a} line that was speculated to go from London to the north is now going to go to neither London or the north.

“It is ridiculous, that is why we’re saying to the Authorities open up the books and inform us what the precise gap is you’ve got blown within the funds.”

Ms Nandy stated Labour “need to know what the opening is within the finances”, including: “We’re dedicated to bringing our railways again in home.”

However Bruce pressed: “Dangle on it would not sound such as you’re dedicated, in the event you’ve received the shadow chief secretary of the Treasury saying Labour must see the total prices earlier than it decides…”

Ms Nandy replied: “I am in your present Fiona and I am telling you the reply.”

The host stated: “That HS2 will get constructed underneath Labour?”

Ms Nandy stated: “I am telling you that we’re dedicated to bringing the railways again in home, public management over our buses and upgrading our infrastructure to fixing this downside round Manchester in order that Northern Powerhouse Rail works.”

However Bruce pressed once more: “And dedicated to constructing HS2? I did not hear that within the record.”

Ms Nandy stated: “We’re dedicated to upgrading the infrastructure so we repair the precise downside it was designed to resolve.

“Sure we need to construct HS2 however the very first thing we have to know from the PM is open the books, come clear, inform us what the opening within the finances is in order that we are able to repair this mess.

“We won’t do it until he comes clear not simply with us however with the nation as nicely. “

It comes as there are questions over whether or not Rishi Sunak will scrap HS2’s Birmingham to Manchester leg over hovering prices.