Third runway rebels hear from the whips
yesterday, the rebel MPs said they were prepared to ignore a government three-line
whip and vote with the
in the Commons to government plans to allow a third runway to be built at the west London airport. Votes are held after such debates, giving the Tories
a chance to embarrass the government by enticing Labour rebels to their side.
The vote would have no force in law.
the transport secretary, has formally announced the government’s plans. Hoon is
expected to give approval to the expansion of Heathrow by the end of this month.
His announcement could come as soon as tomorrow, although this may be delayed
as ministers wrangle over the details.
to wring guarantees from Hoon that the third runway will not breach the government’s
oxide, a noxious compound emitted by vehicle engines. However, Benn has been
assured that any air pollution breach will largely come from cars on the M4, not
aeroplanes, and can be mitigated by improving public transport links.
Denham, the skills secretary, and Harriet Harman, Labour’s deputy leader.
attempt to allay the concerns of the cabinet’s environmental lobby by addressing
three key issues: air, noise pollution and access. Lord Adonis, the transport
minister, supports the construction of a £4.5bn high-speed rail hub at the airport.
at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour party on Monday. They said they were
prepared to vote with the Conservatives in the Commons if they resist the temptation
to table a “stupid, tribal” motion. In a letter to the Guardian, John McDonnell,
Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, writes: “The opposition will … not be subdued,
and if anything is growing.”