Heathrow party – who was present

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

YOU have re­ported that John McDon­nell MP was present - and made a speech - at the no third run­way ac­tion day on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day at Har­mondsworth vil­lage.

How­ever, this is in­cor­rect as McDon­nell did not at­tend and the ex­cuse was read out at the meet­ing that he was with fam­ily in Nor­folk. I was present all day. He never put in an ap­pear­ance.

The only three politi­cians that at­tended were UKIP’s Lon­don as­sem­bly mem­bers David Kurten and Peter Whit­tle and Labour coun­cil­lor Jan Sweet­ing. KIM GANDY Uxbridge Road Hilling­don YOU ran a piece on page 11 of the Gazette last week en­ti­tled, ‘Make lots of noise - It’s Heathrow’s 70th Birth­day’.

The piece states that John McDon­nell MP was present and gave a speech - this is in­cor­rect.

John Stew­art read out a mes­sage from John McDon­nell at the start of the event to say he was double booked and could not at­tend.

The only politi­cians in at­ten­dance were Labour Coun­cil­lor Jan Sweet­ing and UKIP GLA mem­bers Peter Whit­tle and David Kurten - of th­ese, only David Kurten made a speech.

The pic­ture used of John McDon­nell was also from an event held last year.

Whilst Mr McDon­nell has been a vo­cal sup­porter of the anti 3rd run­way cam­paign your ar­ti­cle paints a to­tally dif­fer­ent pic­ture of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened on the day. CLIFF DIXON via email Note: Thank you to both let­ter writ­ers for point­ing out the fact that John McDon­nell was not present at the meet­ing. Tech­ni­cal is­sues meant the up­dated ver­sion of the copy which noted this was not reg­is­tered.

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