December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Mayor of London has used his speech to the Conservative Party conference to reiterate his concern that a third runway at Heathrow would not be “good enough for this city”.
In a speech that covered Crossrail, the Olympics, and youth unemployment as well the country’s perceived air capacity crisis, Boris Johnson said: “We must not go back to the old failed idea of a third runway at Heathrow…It is not good enough for this city.
“It is not the right answer for the most beautiful and livable city in the world,” he told delegates on the third day of the conference.
He called for the electorate to vote Conservative at the next general election, to ensure a Labour government - which he claimed would be for a third runway - did not earn a majority and blight to lives of west Londoners by pursuing Heathrow expansion.
The Mayor of London also defended London record on crime, saying you were statistically twice as likely to get murdered, “presumably with lobster picks”, in Brussels.
Today’s speech came as Prime Minister David Cameron hinted that talks are under way which could see Boris Johnson make a return to Parliament.
Mr Cameron said that in the event that Mr Johnson were to stage a Commons comeback, he would “certainly be giving him a warm welcome”.
Asked about the likelihood of such a return, he said: “That’s up to Boris. I’ve had this conversation with Boris and my message to him is ‘you’re a brilliant Mayor of London, you’ve done a great job, you’ve got a lot more to give to public life, and it would be great to have you back in the House of Commons at some stage, contributing to public life’.
“But that’s up to him, but I’ll certainly be giving him a warm welcome.”