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Airports Commission: one month on

It’s been a month since the Airports Commission published its final report, making a clear and unequivocal recommendation for the Government to give the green light to a new runway at Heathrow.

Heathrow expansion was always the first choice for the business community. A survey earlier this year revealed that 59% of London First members favoured a new runway at the airport, and 95% believed expanding airport capacity in the South East to be a critical priority for the government.

The political response so far has been positive. At Prime Minister’s Questions on the day the Commission made its recommendation, David Cameron committed to a Government decision on expansion before the end of the year. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition reaffirmed Labour’s support for a decision to be made ‘swiftly’.

Since then, a Cabinet sub-Committee on aviation has been established to examine how the Government will take forward the Commission recommendations.

In spite of this progress, we know there is no room for complacency on the issue. Over the coming months, Let Britain Fly will be maintaining the pressure on the Government to respond to the Airports Commission’s final report in a timely and positive fashion, and ensure a Parliamentary vote takes place by summer 2016 at the latest.

Upcoming key events:

  • Wednesday 9 September: the campaign will hold a high-profile breakfast event in Westminster ‘After the Airports Commission: What next for airport expansion?’. Confirmed speakers include the Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill MP and Chair of the Transport Select Committee Louise Ellman MP.
  • Sunday 27 September: The Let Britain Fly Party at Labour Party Conference will be taking place in Brighton.
  • Sunday 4 October: The Let Britain Fly Party at Conservative Party Conference will be taking place in Manchester.
  • Thursday 17 October – Saturday 19 October: the campaign will also have a presence at the SNP Party Conference which will be held in Aberdeen (details TBC).
  • Wednesday 21 October: the campaign will hold a breakfast briefing in Parliament. Confirmed speakers include the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs, Graham Brady MP.

If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact the London First events team.

Contact: Gavin Hayes, ghayes@londonfirst.co.uk

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