"Southampton, along with the rest of the South East of England is chronically underfunded and much of the taxes we pay are transferred to the north of England." says
Jeremy Moulton, Conservative PPC, Southampton Test, 8/9/2008.
"The reason that the Government have refused to fund the scheme is that they intend to prioritise London and the South East in terms of infrastructure over the next four years."
David Mowat, Conservative PPC, Warrington South 8/9/2008. (Mowat was talking about new capital building of bridges / roads in the North West.)
Perhaps Laura Sandys South Thanet Conservative PPC could advise which is the correct view? I'll "Tell Laura" and let you know what response I get.
Hat tip to Richard Williams, Leader of the Labour Group on Southampton Council.