TORY MPs are livid after the Treasury tried to bounce the PM into going ahead with HS2.
No10 blamed Chancellor Sajid Javid for putting pressure on Boris Johnson.
Tory MPs are livid at Chancellor Sajid Javid for trying to bounce Boris Johnson into going ahead with HS2
The Treasury said that Mr Javid was behind the high speed rail project despite costs spiralling to more than 106billion
Backbenchers accused pro-HS2 ministers of playing silly games ahead of a crunch meeting between the PM, Chancellor and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
First the Treasury briefed the media that Mr Javid was behind the high speed rail project, despite costs spiralling to more than 106billion.
Then officials from No10 were said to have given Treasury advisors a furious roasting over the briefing.
A No10 source said: This is not coming from us. I think its pretty clear where its coming from.
All I would say is that this sort of thing became commonplace under Theresa May. But this is not a government led by Theresa May, and we have the authority and the majority to ensure this sort of thing does not go on any longer.
Ex-Cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan conceded that the government had enough support to get it through, but warned: It just feels wrong and like people are playing a silly game.
New Tory MP for Buckingham Greg Smith said he would vote against in the Commons.
But former Chancellor George Osborne compared opponents to people against the railways in the 19th century.
No10 blamed Chancellor Sajid Javid for putting pressure on Boris Johnson
Former Chancellor George Osborne compared HS2 opponents to people against the railways in the 19th century