HS2 faces call for an inquiry over massive PR expenses on coasters, T-shirts and tickets to party conferences

HS2 faces call for an inquiry over massive PR expenses on coasters, T-shirts and tickets to party conferences

  • Critics called for public inquiry into HS2 rail link after PR chief spent thousands 
  • Five members of the management team spent £83l on Whitehall credit cards 
  • MP demanded a review to see whether taxpayers were getting value for money

Critics called for a public inquiry into the HS2 rail link last night after its PR chief spent tens of thousands of pounds on coasters, T-shirts and tickets to party conferences.

As part of its lobbying efforts, hundreds of pounds were also spent on social media monitoring to track what people were saying about the high-speed line on forums such as Twitter and Facebook.

Five members of the management team – including its PR chief – spent £83,000 on Whitehall credit cards in 2015.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4528730/HS2-faces-call-inquiry-massive-PR-expenses.html#ixzz4hv9JBICl

HS2 bosses are accused of squandering taxpayers’ money after it is revealed they have 17 PR firms on their payroll

  • DoT made the extraordinary disclosure in response to a parliamentary question over the number of external agencies it is paying to promote project
  • PR firms on its books include Blue Rubicon, MHP Communications, Brand and Deliver, Weber Shandwick, Westbourne Communications and Gorkana 
  • Hopscotch Consulting awarded a £280,000 contract to deliver an educational course to primary school children living along the route, extolling the benefits

HS2 was accused of wasting taxpayers’ money last night as it emerged it has seventeen public relations companies on its payroll.

The Department of Transport made the extraordinary disclosure in response to a parliamentary question over the number of external agencies it is paying to promote the controversial £56 billion project.

The PR firms on its books include Blue Rubicon, MHP Communications, Brand and Deliver, Weber Shandwick, Westbourne Communications and Gorkana.

One of the firms appointed to spin for HS2 – called Hopscotch Consulting – was awarded a £280,000 contract to deliver an educational course to primary school children living along the route, extolling the benefits of HS2.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4377592/HS2-bosses-accused-squandering-taxpayers-money.html#ixzz4hvA2Oj88

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2 Responses to HS2 faces call for an inquiry over massive PR expenses on coasters, T-shirts and tickets to party conferences

  1. Sandra haith says:

    Stop hs2 Bramley action group has recently written to the Secretary of State for education Justine Greening stating its opposition to the hs2 education programme, saying it is unethical and contrary to the aims and objectives of the Education Act. It is an attempt to promote a Government project and should not be allowed. Public money should not be spent on ‘educating’ those who are not in favour of hs2. All the polls show that in every case less than 20% of people are in favour of hs2 so why should we spend more money trying to brainwash our children. Disgusting.

  2. LucyJ says:

    Sandra Haith
    Maybe you should start nearer to home with Rotherham Labour councillors (including Sue Ellis Rotherham Labour Whip) who all voted FOR HS2 then beat a fast path straight to stand behind your ‘Bramley Stop HS2’ banner with her Labour councillor mates for yet another media shot. Their hypocrisy is breathtaking but not as much as their love of the camera lens.

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