Justine Greening MP Defies Whip And Votes No To Heathrow Third Runway

Meanwhile Wandsworth Council gets the legal ball rolling to fight expansion

Last Monday night (25 June), MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow airport. The vote in the Commons was won by 415 votes to 119 - a majority of 296. Local MP Justine Greening was one of eight Conservative MPs who defied the whip and rebelled to vote against the Heathrow expansion.

Justine Greening told this website, "There is still a long way to go in this process and I will be working with other MPs to continue our campaign against Heathrow expansion. The bottom line is that this project will unravel because the numbers just don’t add up.

"I’d like to say thank you for your support to all those constituents who have got in touch about the vote and I will continue to do my very best to represent the views of our community."

The other seven Tory rebels were: Adam Afriyie (Windsor); Sir David Amess (Southend West); Bob Blackman (Harrow East); Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park); Greg Hands (Chelsea and Fulham); Matthew Offord (Hendon) and Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet).

Even before the vote on Monday Wandsworth Council were already preparing for a legal batte against the expension. Council Leader Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said, “Heathrow already makes life intolerable for people of all sides of the airport. The Government should be reducing noise for the communities affected but instead it is making it worse. The local authorities have said repeatedly that the noise impacts from the runway are unacceptable. More than 2 million people will be affected by noise from a third runway but they don’t know it yet because the Government has deliberately delayed telling us where the flight paths will be.

“It was only last week that we were finally able to see previously unpublished figures showing that the Government knows that 38 flights could be allowed to land before 5am to make this runway viable. The people whose lives will be affected and whose health will suffer are being kept in the dark.

“If Ministers press ahead now and formally designate the National Planning Statement supporting the third runway we will move quickly to bring this case before the courts. It cannot survive independent, lawful and rational scrutiny."

Commenting on the vote and the role of the Heathrow Community Engagement Board (HCEB) moving forward, HCEB Chair Rachel Cerfontyne said, “My first priority is to ensure that the needs of the local communities are understood and addressed. I will be advising and challenging Heathrow Airport, scrutinising their consultation plans and holding them to account for the commitments made.

“When I was appointed I made it clear that I would seek to strengthen the input of communities throughout the consultation stages, drawing in voices previously unheard. That commitment remains, a decision has been made for the planning process to proceed and now we must use every opportunity to shape the future development of the airport and its surrounding area.”

We have asked the Council for comment now the vote has been made.

June 27, 2018

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