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Will high-speed rail mean a new Welsh Secretary?

7 January 2012

3:34 PM

7 January 2012

3:34 PM

The decision on whether or not to proceed with the HS2 rail link is expected on Tuesday.
Given all the legal issues involved, the government is not making any public comment on the matter. But all the signs are that it will get the go-ahead.

There will be quite considerable opposition to the projects from parts of the Tory party. It is highly likely that Cheryl Gillan, the Welsh Secretary who represents one of the seats that will have
the line running through it, will resign over the matter. If she does, expect Maria Miller to replace her.

Number 10 are keen not to see the number of women in the Cabinet fall and Miller is regarded as a safe pair of hands and Welsh enough to do the job. Despite representing the very English seat of
Basingstoke, Miller was born and brought up in Wales.

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