Tories at odds over plans for third runway at Heathrow
to a third runway at Heathrow airport, as a number of senior opposition figures
voice support for the £9bn expansion plan.
Government, for next Wednesday. They hope to embarrass Labour by exposing the
number of Labour MPs who are willing to vote against the Government’s support
for the new runway.
an immediate increase in flights and made environmental concessions. Meanwhile,
disquiet grows among Tory backbenchers over the fierce opposition to aviation
expansion voiced by the shadow Transport Secretary, Theresa Villiers.
The shadow Commons Leader, Alan Duncan, and the newly appointed shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, are said to have privately voiced concerns over the party’s opposition to expansion
over Heathrow. The shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Philip Hammond, is also said to have shared those anxieties until recently.
position, which the leadership believes will be popular with voters.
to change the party’s position. He has promised not to start a high-profile campaign.
has introduced, expansion should be supported,” he said.
of Tories planning to abstain or vote with the Government is said to be well into
double figures, which should help the Government win the vote narrowly.
expansion of aviation at Heathrow and would consider voting with the Government.
“It makes sense to have a hub airport in one place. I will need convincing
from Theresa that our position is coherent,” he said.
airport in the Thames estuary, after visiting a similar island airport in Hong
Kong in 1999 that had been planned while he was trade and industry secretary.
“It showed me that it can be done and the economics are not totally out of the
question,” he said.
airport and it seems there is a pressing need to expand it.”
business and the economy, but ultimately I would come down in support of a third
who are considering voting for a third runway. A source said: “It is a good chance
for the Conservative rebels to show if they have the courage of their convictions.”