In a show of business solidarity on the economic importance of expanding Heathrow airport, London First this week hosted a Parliamentary reception for businesses and MPs.
The reception followed government’s recent publication of the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), which backed Heathrow expansion through developing a new north-west runway – accompanied by a comprehensive package of measures to support affected communities and minimise environmental impacts. At some point over the next couple of weeks Parliament will debate and vote on the NPS.
Introducing the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, London First Chairman John Allan emphasised the clear benefits of expansion, connections to new markets and trading opportunities, with better links with regional airports across the UK boosting exports, and a skills legacy for future generations.
Speaking to the assembled crowd, the Transport Secretary acknowledged the long years of campaigning for airport expansion by the business community, including through our Let Britain Fly campaign. Supported by Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, he stressed the importance of an expanded Heathrow to ensuring the UK remains an outward looking trading nation.
Speeches were also made by longstanding Let Britain Fly supporters Dame Louise Ellman MP from the Labour Party, and Conservative Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady MP, demonstrating the strength of cross-party support for expansion.
The reception was supported by the CBI, British Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses and kindly sponsored by Kier.
In parallel, London First will continue to champion the importance of making best use of existing runway capacity at key SE airports such as Stansted, Gatwick and London City.
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