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Galloway drops Crossrail bombshell

Controversial MP George Galloway has slated the Crossrail project, claiming work on the rail link could have the same effect on London's East End as 'a major bombing raid'.

Speaking at the second reading of the highly contentious Crossrail Bill earlier this week Galloway, the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, said his constituency had been chosen for the rail project because it is a 'political pushover'.

He also compared the potential effects of construction work to the destruction wreaked at 'Ground Zero'.

Galloway raised concerns that building work on the £10 billion trans-London rail link would disadvantage his constituents - already some of the poorest in the country.

'There will be three major tunnelling sites and a two-metre-wide conveyor belt will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for six years to carry spoil from the digging of those sites,' said the MP.

'Ten-tonne lorries will come and go through this small, densely populated, poor, disadvantaged and multiply deprived area at the rate of one every five minutes, with consequent dangers for children at local schools and the health of local people - and male life expectancy in that part of London is already 6 per cent less than throughout London as a whole.'

He ended his outburst with this bombshell: 'The council and former member of parliament were not ready to stand up for local residents, which was why the government chose this area, of all the areas, to be subjected to the demolition - the Ground Zero - that they intend to visit, if they get away with it, on the deprived people of my constituency.'

by Rob Sharp

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