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Today (Wednesday 9th January 2013) John Bercow, Member of Parliament for Buckingham, met with the Secretary of State at the Department for Transport to reiterate his opposition to the Government’s £32billion High Speed Rail Project.

Mr Bercow discussed the current consultation about the Department for Transport’s compensation proposals with Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, raising a number of concerns about the extent and generosity of the offer on the table. The Secretary of State accepted a number of points Mr Bercow made and agreed to consider them before presenting his final package.

In addition, the Secretary of State agreed to re-examine mitigation measures in parts of the Buckingham constituency most affected by the rail line. Speaking after the meeting, John Bercow MP said “I welcomed the opportunity to discuss a number of my concerns, and those of my constituents, with Patrick McLoughlin. I was reassured by his commitment to reconsider a number of elements of the proposed compensation package and the planned mitigation measures. I will continue to fight to ensure Buckingham constituency residents get the best possible deal”.