Goldsmith quizzes Cameron over Heathrow expansion

Reassurance: Mr Goldsmith pushed David Cameron in PMQs

Reassurance: Mr Goldsmith pushed David Cameron in PMQs

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Zac Goldsmith has put public pressure on David Cameron to ensure the Government will not approve a third runway at Heathrow.

The Richmond Park MP, who threatened to resign earlier this year if the Conservatives changed their stance on the issue, asked Mr Cameron to make a commitment during Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday, June 13.

He said: “Can the Prime Minister reassure my constituents that for as long as he is the Prime Minister there will be no policy shift at all in relation to the third runway at Heathrow and that this Government will focus its attention on improving Heathrow’s hub status by expanding links between London airports and displacing some of the short haul and less valuable slots elsewhere?”

Mr Cameron replied: “I know that that this is not just a constituency campaign for him, it is something he feels very powerfully about, and I can tell him the coalition position has not changed, but clearly we mustn’t be blind to two important considerations.

“One is how we expand airport capacity overall, but secondly how do we make sure that Heathrow operates better and we make sure we welcome people to our country better than we’re doing at the moment.

“A lot of progress has been made on that agenda, and I congratulate the Home Secretary for the extra resources and the people who’ve been put in to doing that important job.”

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2:24pm Fri 15 Jun 12

archibaldthegrim says...

Luddites
Luddites archibaldthegrim
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10:34am Sat 16 Jun 12

Twickenham Bob says...

Vince has been very quiet about aircraft noise of late - despite aircraft noise becoming a significantly bigger problem.

Flight paths have been changed so now Whitton & Central Twickenham has flights directly overhead every day, especially around 10pm - midnight making it difficult to get to sleep.
Vince has been very quiet about aircraft noise of late - despite aircraft noise becoming a significantly bigger problem. Flight paths have been changed so now Whitton & Central Twickenham has flights directly overhead every day, especially around 10pm - midnight making it difficult to get to sleep. Twickenham Bob
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12:55pm Tue 19 Jun 12

bandit63 says...

Grim - why luddites? Thousands of people are affected by this, and not just those living in the immediate vicinity. Heathrow provides thousands of jobs, BUT there has been a vast increase in flights and other London airports are under utilised . The way things are going, large parts of West and central london, east Berkshire etc., will have planes flying over them 24/7. I guess you don't live anywhere near the airport so don't give a you know what
Grim - why luddites? Thousands of people are affected by this, and not just those living in the immediate vicinity. Heathrow provides thousands of jobs, BUT there has been a vast increase in flights and other London airports are under utilised . The way things are going, large parts of West and central london, east Berkshire etc., will have planes flying over them 24/7. I guess you don't live anywhere near the airport so don't give a you know what bandit63
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