Pressure rises on Heathrow expansion

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David Cameron has come under increasing pressure to break a coalition Government agreement and support a third runway at Heathrow.


Tim Yeo, a Conservative backbench MP, publicly challenged the Prime Minister to back the idea this week, goading him to show whether he is a “man or a mouse”.


Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, said she remained concerned about increased noise and pollution and would find it difficult to remain in the cabinet if the Government reversed its aviation policy.


Environmental campaigner John Stewart, of Hacan Clearskies, said: “I think that behind this is a concerted attempt to persuade Cameron to move Justine Greening in the forthcoming reshuffle.”  


It comes amid speculation that Mr Cameron will also appoint Housing Minister Grant Shapps, who supports Heathrow expansion, as the new Conservative Party chairman.


But Mr Stewart, who represents residents living under Heathrow’s flight paths, said lobbyists’ attempts to pile pressure on Mr Cameron to break the coalition agreement appeared to have failed.


Nick Clegg, the deputy Prime Minister, said: “We're not going to give the go-ahead to the third runway at Heathrow because we said very clearly as both parties that we wouldn’t do so, so we’re going to stick to the coalition agreement.


“But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stick our heads in the sand over the aviation debate about capacity in this country and how do we make sure we have those proper connections to economies in Asia and Latin America which are important to our own prosperity and we’ll make sure we look at that.


“But there are lots of ways of doing that and we shouldn’t just lurch to one solution because one individual MP was to say so.”


Miss Greening, MP for Putney, joined Richmond politicians in campaigning against Heathrow expansion before she became a minister.


But some Conservative MPs argued the country needs a new runway at Heathrow to boost trade.


Mr Yeo, a former environment minister, told the Daily Telegraph: “The Prime Minister must ask himself whether he is man or mouse.


“Does he want to be another Harold Macmillan, presiding over a dignified slide towards insignificance?


“Or is there somewhere inside his heart - an organ that still remains impenetrable to most Britons - a trace of Thatcher, determined to reverse the direction of our ship? Let’s go for it.”

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4:27pm Wed 29 Aug 12

ken elmes says...

I was born in the Borough, when Heath Row was a village before the airport, educated, formed a printing business and was a sub postmaster here. I have witnessed the growth of the Borough to become one of the wealthiest in the country because of the work provided by the airport. A lifelong member of the borough Labour Party I would welcome the expansion at Heathrow so that we can continual to enjoy the wealth it brings to the area.
I was born in the Borough, when Heath Row was a village before the airport, educated, formed a printing business and was a sub postmaster here. I have witnessed the growth of the Borough to become one of the wealthiest in the country because of the work provided by the airport. A lifelong member of the borough Labour Party I would welcome the expansion at Heathrow so that we can continual to enjoy the wealth it brings to the area. ken elmes
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7:46pm Wed 29 Aug 12

metis says...

Guido dishes the dirt:
http://order-order.c
om/2012/08/28/tim-ye
os-heathrow-to-china
-bonanza/
Yeo is calling for more flights to China. He also happens to be the well paid chairman of TMO Renewables. The day his company signed a new deal in China, Yeo uses his position as Chairman of the Energy Select Committee to lobby for more direct flights from London to China
Guido dishes the dirt: http://order-order.c om/2012/08/28/tim-ye os-heathrow-to-china -bonanza/ Yeo is calling for more flights to China. He also happens to be the well paid chairman of TMO Renewables. The day his company signed a new deal in China, Yeo uses his position as Chairman of the Energy Select Committee to lobby for more direct flights from London to China metis
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6:47pm Mon 3 Sep 12

alex twickenham says...

This is where I should have popped my post but Metis seems to be covering all the angles.

"Well spotted Metis, I have long wondered about this politician's suitabilty to chair an influential parliamentary committee when he has such obvious financial links to the "environment" industry. How interesting that he should be the MP who has now decided that the EU change of rules on emmissions allows him to change sides and support a 3rd runway at Heathrow after all his previous bluster.
Historians might be interested to check out who owned the land where Heathrow wartime aerodrome was expanded in the late '40's- it's all out there on Google and had a lot to do with the then Speaker of The House of Commons who's family owned the land. Perhaps self-interest has left us with our current predicament and dilemma? - Twas usually thus.
Alex"
This is where I should have popped my post but Metis seems to be covering all the angles. "Well spotted Metis, I have long wondered about this politician's suitabilty to chair an influential parliamentary committee when he has such obvious financial links to the "environment" industry. How interesting that he should be the MP who has now decided that the EU change of rules on emmissions allows him to change sides and support a 3rd runway at Heathrow after all his previous bluster. Historians might be interested to check out who owned the land where Heathrow wartime aerodrome was expanded in the late '40's- it's all out there on Google and had a lot to do with the then Speaker of The House of Commons who's family owned the land. Perhaps self-interest has left us with our current predicament and dilemma? - Twas usually thus. Alex" alex twickenham
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