A fringe meeting at the Trade Union Congress has reveled a split among unions over Heathrow Airport's expansion. Heathrow's controversial plans to build a third runway at the airport were given government approval in the National Policy Statement on airports, voted in by Parliament in June. However at a fringe meeting at this year's Trade Union Congress, arranged by the No 3rd Runway Coalition, unions including the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) spoke out to highlight their opposition to the scheme. Heathrow has the support of a number of big trade unions, including Unite, GMB, Community and BALPA unions which support many of the 78,000 workers at the hub airport. But PCS and TSSA unions have spoken out about environmental concerns linked to expansion as well as raising questions over the legitimacy of the economic predictions following expansion. TSSA raised the decision to forge ahead with expansion despite … [Read more...] about Dissent at Trade Union Congress over Heathrow Expansion support
Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra says she voted in favour of Heathrow building a third runway because it’s what people in her constituency want and because it will create jobs and boost the economy. Ms Malhotra supported the House of Commons vote which was won by 415 to 119 votes, despite Labour MPs being given a free vote on the issue and the fact her counterpart in the neighbouring Brentford and Isleworth constituency, Ruth Cadbury, voted firmly against the decision. Ms Malhotra, who has represented the constituency since 2011, said: “I voted in favour on the basis of jobs and the economy, giving my reasons for conditional support and recognising there is still a long journey and much consultation to go." Read More Heathrow Airport news “In my speech, I made the point that our constituency is located on the gateway from Heathrow to London. A majority in Feltham and Heston are in favour of expansion," she added. “Every poll in recent years has shown … [Read more...] about Why I voted in favour of Heathrow third runway, by Feltham MP
Hillingdon Council will be asked to consider passing a motion calling for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Minister for Policing, Nick Hurd , to resign because they failed to stand up for their constituents' views, and vote against the Heathrow expansion . Mr Johnson who is MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip had previously promised his constituents he would "lie down in front of those bulldozers" if a third runway was ever built. But last Monday, June 25, it emerged he had skipped the vote by flying to Afghanistan to meet with its deputy foreign minister, having been told by Prime Minister Theresa May he would have to resign if he voted against. Read More Heathrow Airport news Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP, Nick Hurd, also stayed quiet on the issue and failed to turn up to vote. He has kept a relatively low profile over Heathrow in recent times, but says on his website he feels his job is to represent his constituents on the issue. The motion which will be tabled by the … [Read more...] about ‘MPs Boris and Nick should resign over Heathrow vote’, says Labour
0 Have your say THE Government had three chances this week to put the economic future of the regions first. It failed on all three counts because Cabinet ministers are too busy feuding amongst themselves rather than fighting for the country. First, Business Secretary Greg Clark chose not to back a “world first” tidal lagoon project which would have harnessed the power of the sea at Swansea Bay to create a new source of green energy. This appears short-sighted. Even Windsor Castle is now powered by turbines on the nearby river Thames.Second, the Government could – and should – have taken further action to address the mounting chaos on the North’s creaking train network. The fact Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is still in post is an insult to the regions.Finally, the decision to approve Heathrow Airport’s expansion, backed by Labour MPs too, is another betrayal of the provinces. After all, the expansionist Doncaster Sheffield Airport is … [Read more...] about Tom Richmond: Heathrow expansion is a betrayal of the provinces
After MPs voted to approve Heathrow Airport's expansion in Parliament, the path is still far from clear for the third runway to become a reality. The National Policy Statement on Airports, including the building of the third runway was voted in by MPs by 414 to 119 in a late-night decision on Monday (June 25). The following day, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling formally designated the policy to the Commons, essentially giving outline planning consent for the third runway plan. "The designation of the Airports National Policy Statement marks a significant step forward," he told the Commons on Tuesday (June 26). Read More What's happening in west London? "It provides the primary basis for decision making on development consent applications for a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport, clarifying what is required to enable the development of much needed additional airport capacity that is essential for trade and economic growth, whilst setting clear requirements to mitigate the … [Read more...] about What next for Heathrow after MPs vote to build third runway?