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London mayoral candidates denounce Heathrow expansion UK News

The four main candidates for mayor of London have unanimously opposed the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, Sian Berry and Luisa Porritt have all spoken out against plans to add a third track.

Speaking to the No 3rd Runway Coalition, current Mayor Sadiq Khan said a third runway at Heathrow would have “dire consequences” for the environment and “would be worse for those living near the airport” .

Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey said Heathrow expansion is “never the answer” and that a third track is “incompatible” with his plans for clean air, while Liberal Democrat candidate Luisa Porritt has declared that she would “fight all the way”.

Green Party candidate Sian Berry said her party “has been at the heart of the campaign against Heathrow expansion for decades” and “we need to reduce air pollution”.

Paul McGuinness, Chairman of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said: “There is no truer barometer of London’s vision for Heathrow expansion than the city’s mayoral candidates. And it is because their ears are low to the ground, across the metropolis, that they are all fiercely opposed to any expansion at Heathrow.

The London Assembly, of which Sian Berry and Shaun Bailey are currently members, passed a motion last year unanimously demonstrating all-party opposition to a third runway at Heathrow.

Despite a legal battle, the government’s plans to move forward with the expansion of Heathrow Airport were given the green light in December after the Supreme Court ruled they were lawful and “taken into account. account the Paris Agreement ”.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-19 17:00:00