MP accuses campaigners of ‘scaremongering’ in debate over the future of Heathrow

Colnbrook’s MP Adam Afriyie has accused campaigners of ‘scaremongering’ in the debate over the future of Heathrow.

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Adam Afriyie made the comment during a House of Commons debate on a report by the Transport Committee on the future aviation strategy, according to the Slough Observer.

During the debate Reading West MP Alok Sharma cited a report stating Heathrow is directly responsible for 120,000 jobs in the region, concluding Heathrow would close if a new hub airport is built.

However, Mr Afriyie, said:

My conclusion differs slightly from that of my honourable friend. I am the Member of Parliament for Windsor, where we are very much affected by our noisy, but welcome neighbour at Heathrow, and there is certainly a scenario in which Heathrow could continue to operate as a hub airport if the estuary airport were to take over. This scaremongering about hundreds of thousands of jobs disappearing is not necessarily entirely helpful.

Mr Afriyie called for the Davies Commission to look at the interests of the nation over the next 50 to 100 years, “then make this decision in a cool, calm and collected fashion without focusing on short-term, sticking-plaster solutions”.

The Davies Commission is due to publish its findings on airport expansion in 2015, after the next general election.

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