The SNP’s candidate in Glasgow Central has slammed the city’s Labour MPs for failing to act on bringing high speed rail to Glasgow.
However, Glasgow could still be included with a strong campaign led by a new intake of SNP MPs in the city.
The UK government earlier this month announced plans to link Birmingham with London, with two separate second phase lines to Manchester in the north-west of England and Yorkshire’s Leeds and Sheffield to the east of that.
Saeed unfavourably compared Glasgow’s Labour MPs to their counterparts in Yorkshire who fought for the rail line to go there, from a position a year ago when they thought Glasgow would take precedence.
Osama Saeed commented:
“None of Glasgow’s Labour MPs have said or done anything on high speed rail either before or after the announcement.
“There have been no meetings with Labour ministers, no motions, no speeches. No questions, complaints or campaigns. Just complete silence.
“It isn’t too late though. Yorkshire put together a powerful lobby to challenge what was called the ‘Manchester-Glasgow axis’. If elected, I will vigorously champion us being put back on the map. This will involve getting together local councils, the business community, and environmental groups to make sure Glasgow’s case is heard at Westminster.
“Given how often these MPs travel to London I’m shocked they’ve not realised the importance of improving Glasgow’s transport links. Maybe they take the sleeper to London though, and forget to wake up at the other end. While they were asleep we got taken over in the queue.
“Our economy and environment need the high speed rail link and it will only happen if there’s a change in political leadership in this city.”