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Boris Johnson defends HS2 U-turn, saying ‘levelling up cannot wait that long’ – UK politics live

Latest updates: prime minster says sticking to original plan on HS2 would mean ‘north and the east Midlands to get nothing for ten years or more’

  • HS2 rail leg to Leeds scrapped, Grant Shapps confirms
  • Analysis: Tory spin on HS2 derailment won’t wash in underinvested north
  • Nadine Dorries denies ‘inappropriate’ tweet to Laura Kuenssberg
  • Graham Brady faces questions over ‘opaque’ £800 an hour job
  • Boris Johnson plan on ‘second jobs’ would hit fewer than 10 MPs

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