Local MPs queue up to berate Colnbrook Third Runway plans

The MP for Hayes and Harlington called David Cameron a ‘liar’ over a third runway at Heathrow yesterday, while his colleague the MP for Brentford & Isleworth warns against Heathrow expansion in an article published today.

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Heathrow Airport’s proposal for a North West (Colnbrook) runway

Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell came to verbal blows with David Cameron in the House of Commons, calling Tory leader a “liar” over a third runway at Heathrow.

Mr McDonnell (Labour), speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, said that his constituents believed Mr Cameron when he pledged that there would be no expansion at Heathrow.

He added:

They now face the threat of a third runway, a fourth runway, thousands losing their home, schools demolished, even the threat of having to dig up our dead at the local cemetery.

Mr Cameron dismissed the backbencher’s accusations and insisted the promise not to commit to a third runway in this term of government would be kept, but he was interrupted

Speaker John Bercow stepped in to cool the heated exchange, but Mr McDonnell shouted: “You lied to my constituents.”

Meanwhile Mary Macleod, Conservative MP for Brentford & Isleworth, warns against Heathrow expansion in an article published today.

In my view the Commission has significantly underestimated the number of people whose lives would be affected by expansion at Heathrow.

Macleod has called for residents in West London to come together to fight further “damaging expansion” at Heathrow.

She has called for residents to express their views loud and clear to the Airports Commission, by emailing airports.enquiries@airports.gsi.gov.uk

The two local MPs  join Colnbrook and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie, who has already vowed to fight “tooth and nail” against further expansion of Heathrow.

Fiona MacTaggart is on record as supporting a Third Runway but has made no public statement so far on this week’s proposal for a Colnbrook or Poyle runway.

A ‘Say No to Heathrow Expansion’ petition online, launched last week, already has more than 3,300 signatures. To sign it, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-third-runway.

 

External Links

MP challenges David Cameron over Heathrow expansion in Parliament
Mary Macleod MP: Airports Commission must listen to local residents on Heathrow
Windsor MP issues warning over ‘obsession’ with expanding Heathrow as Airports Commission report published

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