Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion

Posted: June 26, 2018 by oldbrew in News, Politics, Travel

Climate miserablists wail, but public demand and commercial reality have taken priority. The skies over west London are set to become even busier. Air travel is expanding worldwide and protesters can’t change that, but the location is still controversial for some.

MPs have backed controversial plans to build a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, reports BBC News.

The government won a key vote in the Commons by 415 votes to 119 – a majority of 296.

Tory MPs were under orders to support the government – but Boris Johnson, a leading opponent of expansion, missed the vote because he was in Afghanistan.

Labour’s official position was to oppose expansion, but its MPs were given a free vote. The SNP abstained.

The vote was welcomed by business group the CBI as “a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK’s global trading relationships”.

But Greenpeace UK said it was ready to join a cross-party group of London councils and the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, in a legal challenge against the third runway.

And Friends of the Earth said in a statement: “MPs who backed this climate-wrecking new runway will be harshly judged by history.

“The evidence on the accelerating climate crisis, which is already hitting the world’s most vulnerable people, is overwhelming – and expanding Heathrow will only intensify the misery.”

Environmental activists earlier staged a “lie-in” over Heathrow in Parliament’s central lobby, just metres away from MPs preparing to vote on the proposals.

Police locked-down the area after 12 protesters, who described themselves as from a “pop-up” Vote No Heathrow campaign, sprawled across the floor chanting.

The government has pledged the airport will be built at no cost to the taxpayer, will create 100,000 jobs and will benefit the entire country, through guaranteed internal flights to the rest of the UK.

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  1. tallbloke says:

    “guaranteed internal flights to the rest of the UK”

    Is this some sort of bone throwing exercise?

  2. Bloke down the pub says:

    tallbloke says:
    June 26, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Scottish MPs were probably concerned that post Brexit, the number of flights from European hubs to airports like Aberdeen would be reduced, thus cutting links to the rest of the world. Having guaranteed internal flights from a major hub to UK regional airports is a big deal.

  3. craigm350 says:

    Ooh all that extra concrete and asphalt to pump up those record temps;

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