Labour MPs bail out of Heathrow vote

29 January, 2009 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Parliament voted this week on the Government’s plans to expand Heathrow and increase its capacity by building a third runway.

Islington’s Labour MP Emily Thornberry had previously promised to oppose Heathrow expansion – but when it came to the vote she was nowhere to be seen. The absence of Labour MPs who publicly opposed the plans, but then bailed out on the vote, allowed the Government to defeat the motion.

Bridget Fox, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Emily Thornberry’s seat, has been campaigning against a third runway at Heathrow – even becoming co-owner of a plot of land at Heathrow where the new runway is planned to be built.

Bridget said: “Islington South & Finsbury residents have been badly let down by Emily Thornberry. At a time when MPs from all parties are united to fight the expansion of Heathrow, Ms. Thornberry has put petty party politics ahead of standing up for local people and the fight against climate change.”

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