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Calls for High Speed Rail review

The former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has called for a review of the High Speed rail scheme. She argues that the project is based on similar poor and incorrect estimates as the West Coast Main Line contract was.


New financial powers for Wales

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan is to unveil a new commission which could lead to the Welsh Government taking on greater financial powers. The inquiry, which will report next autumn, will be modelled on Sir Kenneth Calman's Scottish Commission, and is likely to grant the Senedd greater control over taxes and borrowing.


MP starts HS2 row

Cheryl Gillan, the Welsh Secretary, has spoken out against the Government's proposed HS2 rail plan. Ms Gillan, whose constituency is at the heart of the proposed route, has triggered a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for standards over her decision to employ a lawyer to purely challenge the HS2 project.


Tory women unhappy at reshuffle

David Cameron faces a fresh reshuffle row tonight after claims he told Caroline Spelman he was sacking her in part because she was too old.

Downing Street has denied the claim, but refused to comment in detail on a private conversation between the Prime Minister and his former Environment Secretary.

Labour also seized on claims that Mr Cameron sipped a glass of wine as he fired another female Cabinet minister, former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan.

The Eastern Daily Press report that, told she was too old, Ms Spelman replied she was only 54 - two years younger than her replacement Owen Paterson.<

She was also told she was of "Sir George Young's generation", but while Sir George, 71, was one of five sacked ministers to be offered honours, neither Ms Spelman nor Ms Gillan were given similar offers. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman explained that neither woman had been offered honours because the Prime Minister recommends them for individuals had "an outstanding record of political and public service".

Commenting on Ms Spelman's sacking, he added: "As to whether or not she was sacked cos she was too old the answer is 'No'."

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: "We already know David Cameron has a real problem in the way he treats women. If these accounts are true it seems he has a particular problem with older women too. At the same time as he is giving gongs to the boys and calling on politicians to be more "butch," David Cameron seems to be living in another century."


Gillan attacks Welsh Labour

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan will use her Conservative Party conference today to attack the "timid" Welsh Government. She will say poor decision making by the Labour Government in Wales has lengthened NHS waiting lists and weakened the economy.


'Sack me' over high speed rail, says minister

Welsh secretary Cheryl Gillan has said the Prime Minister can sack her over her opposition to the high-speed rail project, which will cut through her constituency in Buckinghamshire. As well as announcing that she will vote against the project, Ms Gillan has also allowed her constituency party chairman to call on all Tory MPs to rebel as well.


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