VIDEO: Chancellor George Osborne calls for HS2 clarity from Ed Balls during Sowerby Bridge visit

The Chancellor George Osborne was in Sowerby Bridge this afternoon to see first-hand the work being done by steel firm Pulman and Sons.

During the visit he outlined the importance of the HS2 high speed rail link for the future of our economy and called upon Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls make it clear where he stands on the issue.

Mr Osborne said: “HS2 is an essential part of the long-term economic plan for the country and for Yorkshire.

“That’s what I think and that’s what the local Labour councillors think.

“And under the Conservatives that project will definitely go ahead with all the jobs and benefits that will bring.”

Holly Walker-Lynch, Labour PPC for Halifax, criticised the visit, dismissing it is a photo opportunity.

Chancellor George Osborne has a go at fettling at Pulman Steel, Sowerby Bridge. With Bob Arnold, left.

Chancellor George Osborne has a go at fettling at Pulman Steel, Sowerby Bridge. With Bob Arnold, left.

She said: “The Labour Party has made it crystal clear that we support HS2, so I’m not sure why George Osborne has come all the way to Halifax to suggest otherwise.

“Most local people had hoped that he was going to announce his support for the electrification of the Calder Valley line or possibly to join Labour in committing to get rid of the outdated pacer trains, but sadly not.

“Another Tory just turning up for a photo.”