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News from Caroline Russell: London MPs ‘got it wrong’ on Heathrow vote

19 July 2018

The Mayor said London MPs who voted for Heathrow expansion were ‘wrong’ when questioned by Caroline Russell AM today. [1]

The controversial expansion is being actively fought by the Mayor who has joined a legal case against a third runway, and the London Assembly who are unanimously opposed to the plans. [2]

Caroline Russell asked the Mayor to give as much weight to climate change as pollution and noise in the joint legal action with boroughs, and he agreed to meet with environmental charity Plan B. [3]

Any airport expansion risks further climate disruption as the Government’s Committee on Climate Change said there is a ‘marked failure’ across the board, in sectors like housing and transport, meaning we are nowhere near meeting the national decarbonisation targets necessary to allow airport expansion.

Caroline Russell said:

The noise and pollution caused by expansion at Heathrow would affect hundreds of thousands of people – not just those living under flight paths but also along the congested roads heading towards the airport. The MPs who supported this stupid decision have let down Londoners.

But this misery wouldn’t be confined to London, air pollution doesn’t settle in one place. We’ve had an unprecedented heatwave and fires in our grasslands this summer as our land dries out. This isn’t a freak occurrence it is climate breakdown and it’s happening now. 

Any airport expansion will wreck our commitment to meeting the Paris Climate Change agreement to limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees. 

The Mayor must step up and show real leadership on this issue and stop pretending expansion won’t work in London but can at Gatwick. He should be working with his C40 major city counterparts on a no airport expansion pledge. It doesn’t work anywhere – we can’t be complacent about our future and close our eyes to what is already happening around us.

Plan B is an environmental charity, who are taking the Government to court because the UK’s carbon targets are based on 2 degree warming and not 1.5 degrees as per the Paris Climate Change agreement. 

London MPs 'wrong' to vote for Heathrow expansion

Notes to editors

[1] Caroline Russell AM ‘What actions will you take to stop the third runway at Heathrow?’ Mayor’s Question Time, 19 July 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaEy-gT9if0&feature=youtu.be

[2] Assembly reaffirms opposition to Heathrow Airport expansion https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/assembly-opposed-to-he...

[3] Plan B vs UK https://planb.earth/plan-b-v-uk/

[4] How London MPs voted on Heathrow expansion

How London MPs voted on third runway - 25 June 2018

Conservative

 

 

 

Name

Party

Constituency

Vote

Bob Blackman

Con

Harrow East

Against

Justine Greening

Con

Putney

Against

Zac Goldsmith

Con

Richmond Park

Against

Greg Hands

Con

Chelsea and Fulham

Against

Matthew Offord

Con

Hendon

Against

Theresa Villiers

Con

Chipping Barnet

Against

Stephen Hammond

Con

Wimbledon

did not vote

Nick Hurd

Con

Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

did not vote

Boris Johnson

Con

Uxbridge and South Ruislip

did not vote

Paul Scully

Con

Sutton and Cheam

did not vote

Mark Field

Con

Cities of London and Westminster

for

Julia  Lopez

Con

Hornchurch and Upminster

for

Robert Neill

Con

Bromley and Chislehurst

for

David Evennett

Con

Bexleyheath and Crayford

for

James Brokenshire

Con

Old Bexley and Sidcup

for

Iain Duncan Smith

Con

Chingford and Wood Green

for

Joseph Johnson

Con

Orpington

for

Chris Philp

Con

Croydon South

for

Andrew Rosindell

Con

Romford

for

Bob Stewart

Con

Beckenham

for

 

 

 

 

Labour

 

 

 

Name

Party

Constituency

Vote

Marsha De Cordova

Lab

Battersea

Against

Diane Abbott

Lab

Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Against

Janet Daby

Lab

Lewisham East

Against

Sarah Jones

Lab

Croydon Central

Against

Emma Dent Coad

Lab

Kensington

Against

Lyn Brown

Lab

West Ham

Against

Karen Buck

Lab

Westminster North

Against

Dawn Butler

Lab

Brent Central

Against

Ruth Cadbury

Lab

Brentford and Isleworth

Against

Jeremy Corbyn

Lab

Islington North

Against

Jon Cruddas

Lab

Dagenham and Rainham

against

John Cryer

Lab

Leyton and Wanstead

against

Ellie  Reeves

Lab

Lewisham West and Penge

against

Clive Efford

Lab

Eltham

against

Barry Gardiner

Lab

Brent North

against

Helen Hayes

Lab

Dulwich and West Norwood

against

Rupa Huq

Lab

Ealing Central and Acton

against

Rosena Allin-Khan

Lab

Tooting

against

John McDonell

Lab

Hayes and Harlington

against

Kate Osamor

Lab

Edmonton

against

Teresa Pearce

Lab

Erith and Thamesmead

against

Matthew Pennycook

Lab

Greenwich and Woolwich

against

Steve Reed

Lab

Croydon North

against

Andy Slaughter

Lab

Hammersmith

against

Keir Starmer

Lab

Holborn and St Pancras

against

Emily Thornberry

Lab

Islington South and Finsbury

against

Catherine West

Lab

Hornsey and Wood Green

against

Chuka Umunna

Lab

Streatham

did not vote

Kate Hoey

Lab

Vauxhall

did not vote

Stella Creasy

Lab

Walthamstow

did not vote

Bambos  Charalambous

Lab

Enfield Southgate

did not vote

Tulip Siddiq

Lab

Hampstead and Kilburn

did not vote

Jim Fitzpatrick

Lab

Poplar and Limehouse

for

Rushanara Ali

Lab

Bethnal Green and Bow

for

Harriet Harman MP

Lab

Camberwell and Peckham

for

Neil Coyle

Lab

Bermondsey and Old Southwark

for

Vicky Foxcroft

Lab

Lewisham Deptford

for

Mike Gapes

Lab

Ilford South

for

Meg Hillier

Lab

Hackney South and Shoreditch

for

Margaret Hodge

Lab

Barking

for

David Lammy

Lab

Tottenham

for

Siobhain McDonagh

Lab

Mitcham and Morden

for

Seema Malhotra

Lab

Feltham and Heston

for

Stephen Pound

Lab

Ealing North

for

Joan Ryan

Lab

Enfield North

for

Virendra Sharma

Lab

Ealing Southall

for

Wes Streeting

Lab

Ilford North

for

Gareth Thomas

Lab

Harrow West

for

Stephen Timms

Lab

East Ham

for

 

 

 

 

Lib Dem

 

 

 

Name

Party

Constituency

Vote

Vince Cable

Lib Dem

Twickenham

against

Edward Davey

Lib Dem

Kingston and Surbiton

against

Tom Brake

Lib Dem

Carshalton and Wallington

against