Support for Heathrow as 50 politicians back plans for a new runway

Fifty politicians from parts of the UK outside England have urged Theresa May to back a new runway at Heathrow, claiming it is the “UK’s hub airport”.

With it looking like a decision could come as early as this week, the group – which includes MPs from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – have come out against Gatwick, the main rival.

The BBC reports that ex-cabinet minister and leadership contender Stephen Crabb is on the list, as is Labour’s Stephen Kinnock.

“Although Heathrow is in London, it is the UK’s hub airport,” the letter argues.

“Other countries are investing in and supporting their hub, or looking on enviously as they hub through other countries.

“Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all have our own successful and growing airports.

“But Heathrow is our gateway to the world, bringing tourists to our attractions and helping our exporters reach new markets,” it adds.

“Whether we are connected by road, rail or air, we know that connections to Heathrow are a key driver of investment decisions.

“Expanding Heathrow will create nearly four times more jobs in our three nations than other options being considered.”

Ex-mayoral candidate and London Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said he would resign in protest if the Heathrow decision goes through.

 

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