HEATHROW EXPANSION BECOMES LESS CERTAIN FOLLOWING ELECTION RESULT

Press Release

9 June 2017

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HEATHROW EXPANSION BECOMES LESS CERTAIN FOLLOWING ELECTION RESULT

Delivering a third runway at Heathrow was looking less certain following the Government’s loss of their parliamentary majority at yesterday’s general election. A parliamentary vote on Heathrow expansion, as part of an Airports National Policy Statement, was expected in winter 2017/18, according to the Government’s previous timetable.

 

Theresa May’s U-turn on Heathrow expansion in October 2016 was hailed by campaigners as the beginning of her unravelling as a ‘strong and stable’ prime minister. Rob Barnstone, Campaign Coordinator for Stop Heathrow Expansion, the group representing residents opposed to Heathrow, said:  “Theresa May’s U-turn on Heathrow expansion last October marked the beginning of her dramatic series of U-turns which exposes her as anything but a conquering hero.

“Theresa May’s election gamble has failed which results in less, not more certainty on many, many issues in British politics, including on Heathrow expansion, as well as an increased number of MPs who are opposed to the project being elected in London.

“The Government were relying on a large parliamentary majority – including many new and loyal backbenchers, to push through a third runway. Now that Theresa May’s gamble has left her in an unstable position the future of the project looks much less certain and potentially in jeopardy.”

 

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For more information:

 

Rob Barnstone – 07806947050; robert.barnstone@outlook.com