Can­di­dates com­mit to Heathrow fight

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Con­ser­va­tive politi­cians fight­ing to be the next Mayor of Lon­don say they will defy their Gov­ern­ment over the Heathrow Air­port ex­pan­sion plans.

Shaun Bai­ley, An­drew Boff and Joy Mor­ris­sey all op­pose £14mil­lion plans to build a third run­way at the air­port, which was ap­proved in June.

The trio are each hop­ing to be se­lected as the fi­nal can­di­date ahead of the Lon­don May­oral race in 2020.

Mr Bai­ley, a cur­rent Greater Lon­don Au­thor­ity mem­ber, said: “I have op­posed the Third Run­way for over a decade, still op­pose it, al­ways will.”

Mean­while Mr Boff, who also sits on the GLA, said: “I op­posed the third run­way as a Hilling­don party mem­ber in the 70’s as a Coun­cil­lor in the 80’s as Coun­cil Leader in the 90’s as an As­sem­bly mem­ber in the 2000’s and will do as Mayor in the 2020s. “It will not hap­pen.” Ms Mor­risey, a cur­rent lo­cal coun­cil­lor, says she com­mit­ted to work­ing with Hilling­don, Rich­mond and other Lon­don bor­oughs which would be af­fected to stop the plans.

Paul McGuin­ness, chair­man of the No 3rd Run­way Coali­tion, who are cam­paign­ing against the ex­pan­sion praised the po­ten­tial can­di­dates.

Mr McGuin­ness said: “This is a no-brainer po­si­tion by th­ese can­di­dates who are show­ing they are keen to re­flect Lon­don’s view, sup­ported by ref­er­en­dums on ex­pan­sion in two bor­oughs which saw very strong mar­gins against ex­pan­sion.

“Which­ever of the three can­di­dates is cho­sen, it is clear that they are keen carry the op­po­si­tion to Heathrow ex­pan­sion into the bal­lot box.”

The Lon­don As­sem­bly and Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan have also vowed to keep fight­ing against the ex­pan­sion.

Ear­lier this month, en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties Plan B and Friends of the Earth, as well as a num­ber of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, ap­plied for ju­di­cial re­views into the ex­pan­sion on the grounds that it will have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on air qual­ity and cli­mate change.

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