Mayor's Oral Report (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Richard Tracey AM:  Mr Mayor, on this question of Heathrow that you mentioned in your report, apart from whatever Zac Goldsmith’s views on Heathrow and pollution and so on might be, you may have noticed yesterday that there was a little bit of confusion in the Labour ranks when Mr Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting - who is also aspiring to be the Mayor of London - seemed to have changed his mind.  He is now against Heathrow expansion, but back in 2008 and 2009 he apparently supported the expansion of Heathrow.  Do you think Londoners might be a bit confused by this?

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Answer for Mayor's Oral Report (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Mayor's Oral Report (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Really, Londoners will want to leave Labour to get on with it.  We should not intrude on private grief in this matter.  Labour should get on and work out its policies, its stance and how it rebuilds itself.  Obviously, I expect that John Biggs [John Biggs AM] is now available for greater things now that he has secured the mayoralty in Tower Hamlets.  I would not rule out any Labour candidate at present.

Just focus on the issue.  The issue is, Dick, that Heathrow is basically undeliverable.  If you want to expand Heathrow to provide the kind of 21st-century hub airport this country needs, you will do incalculable environmental damage not just to west London but to the rest of the city as well.  It is not a runner and Sadiq [Sadiq Khan MP] has probably recognised that.