John says: “The biggest issue that I have dealt with in this Parliament has been the High Speed 2 project. Since the proposals were first put forward for a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham in March 2010, it was clear to me that the Buckingham constituency would fare badly. From Waddesdon to Turweston, Quainton to Steeple Claydon, to name but a few of the affected villages, communities are blighted either by the proposed line or by its adverse side effects.

Making the case to Ministers

“I have met with every Secretary of State at the Department for Transport to raise – in the strongest possible terms – my concerns and those of local residents. I have also held a number of meetings with representatives from High Speed 2 Ltd in Parliament with constituents to hammer home the realities of the situation.

“I have consistently fought for the project to be dropped, and I continue to do so. In recent times, however, I have turned my attention to ensuring my constituents get the best possible deal should it go ahead. It is only right that I stand with my constituents in their fight to protect their homes, communities and livelihoods as effectively as possible.”

The battle is far from over

“I want to be completely clear: I consider this battle far from over, and I intend to continue fighting it on behalf of Buckingham constituency residents. My aim is to persuade the Government to drop this wretched project or, failing that, to protect and compensate my constituents.”