Minister quits over Heathrow
LONDON: A British trade minister resigned from the government on Thursday to oppose its plans to build a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Greg Hands, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham, which is located under the Heathrow flight path, pledged to his constituents at last year’s general election to vote against any expansion of the airport.
The vote on whether to build a new runway at the airport is due to be held on Monday. “I wrote to the PM earlier this week on how I will honour these 2017 General Election pledges to the people of Chelsea & Fulham and vote against the Heathrow 3rd runway,” Hands said on his Twitter page.
Downing Street said George Hollingbery had been appointed as Hands’s replacement at the Department for International Trade. – Reuters/African News Agency (ANA)