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London MPs urged to vote against Heathrow expansion

22 June 2018

All London MPs have been urged to vote against Heathrow expansion at the Commons vote on the Government’s final National Policy Statement on Monday. The London Assembly Environment Committee letter, signed by the Labour, GLA Conservatives and Green Party group leads, calls for MPs to consider the environmental and health impacts of a third runway at Heathrow and to oppose expansion with their vote.

  • The Government has a duty to protect and improve the health of the people it serves, yet expansion of Heathrow will do the opposite.
  • Around 700,000 people are affected by noise from Heathrow Airport, more than three times as many as any other airport in Europe.
  • Over 300,000 extra people are set to be affected by increased noise with a third runway at Heathrow.[3]

Expansion will consign hundreds of thousands of Londoners to noise, air pollution and worse health for many years to come. 

Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee, said:

"We vehemently oppose the expansion of Heathrow Airport and this is a united position of the Environment Committee and the whole of the London Assembly.

“With this letter to all London MPs we strongly urge them to listen, take heed and vote against Heathrow expansion. This is a seismic decision and how MPs vote will affect thousands of Londoners for a generation.

“My message to all London MPs is to be bold and stand up for your constituents. Vote down this proposal to expand Heathrow.”

Notes to editors

  1. Letter from the Environment Committee to all London MPs
  2. Unanimous motion on opposing Heathrow expansion
  3. The Guardian, 'Heathrow third runway noise would affect 2.2m people, analysis finds', Monday 9 April 2018 
  4. Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  5. London Assembly Environment Committee
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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