Heathrow expansion backed by UK government

posted on 26th June 2018 by yumna
Heathrow expansion backed by UK government

The expansion of London Heathrow Airport has been backed by MPs in the UK government’s House of Commons by 415 votes to 119.

Winning a majority of 296 votes, the expansion will see a third runway constructed at the airport, massively relieving capacity concerns.

Conservative Party MPs were under instruction to widely support the expansion; Labour Party MPs were officially opposed but its politicians were given a free vote on the matter.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, has pledged the fight the decision to expand in court, stating he will join a group of organisations, including Greenpeace UK, to mount a legal battle against it.

In a four-hour debate in the House of Commons, the BBC reported that Chris Grayling, transport minister, pledged that the runway was needed in a post-Brexit world as the UK needed to remain competitive and “clear a path to our future”.

John McDonnell on the other hand stated that thousand-years old villages would be wiped from the face of the earth and urged the house not to vote on the expansion.

With a majority vote of 296 votes, the expansions, it seems so far, is set to move rapidly ahead.