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MPs back Heathrow expansion

by David Masters
January 29, 2009

MPs have voted in favour of a third runway at Heathrow airport despite widespread public opposition.

The vote, won with a majority of just 19, has angered environmentalists, public officials and local communities.

More than 25 Labour MPs voted against the plans, which are opposed by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

The Conservatives have pledged to stop the bulldozers in their tracks if they win the next election.

Meanwhile, Greenpeace is leading a coalition of over 10,000 environmental campaigners who have bought a plot of land on the site of the proposed runway and have pledged to never sell.

London Mayor Boris Johnson also opposes the expansion, and is backing a legal challenge against the runway.

Even Monarch Airlines has denounced the plans because they will have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the citizens of west London.

Chris Smith, chair of the Environment Agency, said there is a ‘very big chance’ that the expansion will be halted.

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