Heathrow claims growth in parliamentary support for expansion

Heathrow claims growth in parliamentary support for expansion

The expansion of Heathrow has emerged as a bright spot for Parliament – with 74 per cent of MPs now saying they back a third runway at Britain’s hub airport, a record level for the project. 

As the government announced its backing for the project in October, MPs ranked an expanded Heathrow as one of Britain’s top infrastructure projects – providing the most long-term benefit to the economy and benefitting all the regions of the UK.

With support for the project remaining at a similar level both immediately before and after the government’s announcement, the ranking suggests MPs views may be driven by a belief that an expanded Heathrow will help to create jobs in Britain and rebalance growth across on the country.

A jump in Conservative support from the last poll in August from 71 per cent to 80 per cent of Conservative MPs saying they would vote for a third runway at Heathrow demonstrates that Tory MPs are now decisively in favour of the project.

In further show of Parliamentary unity, 75 per cent of Labour MPs declared they would back a vote on a third Heathrow runway, meaning that there would be an overwhelming parliamentary endorsement of the project if a vote were held today.

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Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow expansion has more political support than ever before because MPs understand that a third Heathrow runway equips our country with the tools we need to thrive in the 21st century.

“This is why we have the confidence to invest in and to deliver Britain’s new runway.”

An expanded Heathrow will deliver up to £211 billion of economic growth and create up to 180,000 new skilled jobs for the UK.