31 AUGUST 2015


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2015

Labour and Heathrow

The Financial Times reports that possible Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has come out against a third runway at Heathrow overturning the current support from the party.  It seems he wants to line himself up with Boris Johnson.

The Labour leadership favourite has indicated that under him, the party would not support expansion at Heathrow:

“I think the third runway is a problem for noise pollution and so on across west London…I also think there is an under-usage of the other airports around London.  I’d vote against it in this Parliament.”

Assuming that the bookies and pollsters are correct and Corbyn is elected leader on 12 September, this would represent a U-turn from the party’s current stance.  Following the release the Airports Commission’s report in July, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher said that the party would back the proposals.

“We will scrutinise the Airports Commission’s final report carefully.  If the recommendation can meet a number of tests, including consistency with our climate change obligations, we will take a swift decision to back Sir Howard Davies’ proposals.’

Corbyn’s dogma will have an impact on the London mayoral race.  The Labour candidates are split on the issue of airport expansion: Tessa Jowell and David Lammy are pro-Heathrow, while Sadiq Khan and Christian Wolmar are against.  www.ft.com

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