Labour party manifesto backs Heathrow 3rd runway but no other new runways
and supporting millions of jobs, businesses and citizens who depend upon it.
We support a third runway at Heathrow, subject to strict conditions on environmental
impact and flight numbers, but we will not allow additional runways to proceed
at any other airport in the next Parliament.” (However, see proviso below)
economic recovery and future growth. Our aim is to create 400,000 new green jobs
by 2015. The foundation of Labour’s approach has been leadership on climate change.
The 2008Climate Change Act made Britain the first country in the world to put
its carbon targets into law.
binding climate change agreement, building on the Copenhagen Accord to limit global
temperature rises to two degrees Celsius. In the next Parliament, we will use
our leadership in the EU to push for a strengthening of Europe’s 2020 emission
reductions from 20 to 30 per cent by 2020 as part of an ambitious global deal.
This would mean the UK increasing its current target of a 34 per cent reduction.
As part of the negotiations, we believe Europe should agree a second Kyoto commitment
period, provided all countries are brought within a clear legal framework.”
or Lib Dems.
in Essex, it has said.
third runway at Heathrow, but it had changed its mind about Stansted.
next Parliament,” the manifesto said.
the general election a tired Labour government has finally caved in and accepted
the Conservative position on Stansted.
if we win the general election.”
that supports a third runway at Heathrow cannot be serious about climate change.
it. Only the Liberal Democrats can guarantee there will be no airport expansion
across London and the South East.”
before a second runway could be built would take the lifetime of parliament.
Has David Cameron gone soft on the Tories’ ‘tough’ green measures?
which in places are very impressive? In an interview on Radio 4 on 9th April,
Cameron did not mention Heathrow, or nuclear power, or carbon emission limits
for coal power stations, which are all vital green issues. Did he reckon these
things were “too difficult” or just did not think of them? He did offer support
for increases in APD, rises in landfill tax and better insulation. (Guardian)
not be the case. If BAA put in permission for a 2nd runway and it then went to Public Inquiry, it would be more than the lifetime
of this next Parliament before the Government was called upon to make a decision.
If this is right, Labour has promised nothing more than the current situation.