MP'S TO VOTE ON PLANS TO EXPAND HEATHROW AIRPORT

June 25, 2018 - 35 views

MPs are expected to vote on the Airports National Policy Statement today which recommends construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

The plans are backed by the government but opposed by a significant number of Conservative MPs, particularly those with constituencies near the airport.

 

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson opposes the plans, and trade minister Greg Hands resigned over the issue last week. Labour is also split over the third runway, and the party's leadership has given MPs a free vote on the issue. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, whose constituency of Hayes and Harlington is home to the airport, is opposed to the third runway, while a number of Labour's trade union backers are strongly in favour.

 

Greg Hands, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chelsea and Fulham, which is located under the Heathrow flight path, pledged to his constituents at last year's general election to vote against any expansion of the airport.

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