Vince Cable: Heathrow expansion “not going to happen”

13:28 09 September 2012

There has been controversy over whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow. File picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

There has been controversy over whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow. File picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Business secretary Vince Cable said today expansion of Heathrow will not happen.

The government has announced a commission into the issue of airport capacity in the south east of England, which will look at options for increasing capacity.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on BBC One this morning, Liberal Democrat Mr Cable said: “This isn’t a parochial little problem for south-west London. There are about two million people potentially affected by this.

“There is an absolute clear coalition commitment not to expand Heathrow.

“There is a very formiddable political coalition against it. My party’s totally opposed, Boris Johnson and the London Conservatives are opposed. The Labour party seems to be moving against it.

“It’s not going to happen, so the value of this commission that the Prime Minister’s been talking about is looking at alternatives.”

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