Third run­way protest takes off

Par­lia­ment Square rally draws Tories, Labour big­wig John McDon­nell and ev­ery Lon­don Mayor can­di­date

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Eleanor Davis

AC­TIVISTS from En­gle­field Green joined thou­sands of anti-Heathrow ex­pan­sion pro­tes­tors in Par­lia­ment Square to ap­ply 11th hour pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment.

Or­gan­ised by Tory Zac Gold­smith and fea­tur­ing all the can­di­dates for Lon­don mayor, the rally was com­pered by broad­caster Gyles Bran­dreth.

Crowds gath­ered on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 10 to hear from Labour’s shadow chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell, John Stew­art from HACAN, Green­peace di­rec­tor John Sau­ven, Ta­nia Mathias, MP for Twick­en­ham, and Adam Afriyie, MP for Wind­sor.

Bob McLel­lan, of the En­gle­field Green Ac­tion Group, said the rally was in­spir­ing, but he was dis­ap­pointed with the turnout from the vil­lage.

“The MPs and the peo­ple who spoke, they did a su­per job,” Mr McLel­lan said. “All the may­oral can­di­dates were very clear about not sup­port­ing the ex­pan­sion of Heathrow and the third run­way.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the num­ber of peo­ple from En­gle­field Green,” he added, blam­ing the clash with the Rugby World Cup. As a rugby fan, Mr McLel­lan pon­dered: “Are peo­ple more con­cerned about the fu­ture, or the rugby? What­ever hap­pens, this is go­ing to face le­gal chal­lenges if a third run­way is agreed.

“It’s un­likely to hap­pen in the next five years or so.”

Mr McLel­lan has writ­ten to David Cameron over what he be­lieves is a dis­tor­tion of the demo­cratic process with the cre­ation of a cabi­net com­mit­tee on Heathrow ex­pan­sion. The com­mit­tee does not in­clude Run­nymede and Wey­bridge MP Philip Ham­mond, who op­poses ex­pan­sion, but does in­clude Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne, who backs Heathrow’s bid.

Rally or­gan­iser Zac Gold­smith.

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