Tories accused of pork-barrel politics in Nigel Farage's target seat
Ukip says £12m funding for high-speed rail link in South Thanet is “bribe” to sway voters ahead of what is expected to be close election in seaside constituency
The Conservatives have been accused of playing pork-barrel politics after it emerged that the Kent seat targeted by Ukip’s Nigel Farage is about to benefit from £12m of government funding for high-speed rail improvements.
The outgoing Tory MP for South Thanet, Laura Sandys, described it as a “huge win” for the area, claiming her party had fought tirelessly to secure cash for the improvements.
Tomorrow the govt will announce an extension of HS1 to Thanet. Great news which would never have happened if I weren’t the candidate there!
Source: Guardian Transport