Prime Minister accused of ‘dither and delay’ over Heathrow expansion

Prime Minister accused of ‘dither and delay’ over Heathrow expansion

Prime Minister accused of 'dither and delay' over Heathrow expansion

Theresa May has come under fire for her approach to expanding UK airport capacity after it emerged a final decision by Parliament would not be taken until next winter. The Prime Minister said a judgment would be made this month on whether to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow, saying that she would settle an issue that politicians had been wrangling over for decades. But the “formal process” would mean a further consultation before a vote by MPs and critics of the PM have accused her of “dither and delay” over making a decision. Ms May has moved to head off possible Cabinet resignations by giving ministers freedom to speak out against the Government’s decision, which has been fiercely opposed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening. Most business and political leaders in the North East are hoping for the Heathrow third runway option to be backed – ahead of expanding Gatwick or lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow – because it provides the best links between the region and the rest of the world. London mayor Sadiq Khan said the lengthy parliamentary process added to uncertainty for British businesses already struggling with Brexit, while the GMB union said the moves to accommodate Cabinet members opposed to the Heathrow scheme was an “abdication of responsibility”. Mick Rix, GMB national officer for transport and distribution said: “This Conservative chaos and division over Heathrow is setting our country’s industrial infrastructure back. “Thirteen years ago Theresa May lambasted the Labour government for uncertainty on Heathrow expansion but now she is in a position to do something about it she dithers and delays. “Theresa May’s fudge has a bitter taste for the workers whose livelihoods depend on a third runway at Heathrow. The Prime Minister’s words from 2003 will come back to haunt her.” But speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mrs May said the Government would act as quickly as possible. She said: “This is a subject that has been debated, discussed, speculated on for 40 years. This Government will take a decision. “But there is then a formal process that has to be undertaken so that the Government will identify its preferred option of site. That will then go to a statutory consultation. “The Government will then consider the results of the statutory consultation and bring forward an airports national planning statement on which this House will vote.” The Davies Commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow, but Mrs May stressed that the other two options in the report were “credible and deliverable”. In a letter t…


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>