[Independent] Justine Greening could become the first Cabinet Minister to be removed from her job because she supports Government policy, it was suggested yesterday.

Transport Secretary's opposition to runway makes her position in Cabinet 'untenable'

Transport Secretary‘s opposition to runway makes her position in Cabinet ‘untenable’. Photo: Wikipedia

Some senior Conservatives, who are in favour of building a third runway at Heathrow to boost economic growth, said that Ms Greening’s long-held opposition to the plan meant that she could not remain in her position as Transport Secretary.

They suggested that with Chancellor George Osborne now in favour of a third runway it would be necessary to move Ms Greening in the planned September reshuffle to allow a U-turn to take place. However, others in Government dismissed the idea, pointing out that opposing the runway was Government policy.

They added that the Liberal Democrats had been clear that they would block the move and that David Cameron said last month that Government policy would not be changing. But Richard Wellings, head of transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank, said Ms Greening’s position was “untenable”.

Richard Harrington, a Tory backbencher, said he backed "anything that will increase capacity" at Heathrow.

Richard Harrington, a Tory backbencher, said he backed “anything that will increase capacity” at Heathrow. Photo: Wikipedia

“It is a problem having her as Transport Secretary with such a local interest in the issue; given her critical views on Heathrow expansion, it would make sense to replace her,” Mr Wellings told the Financial Times.

One senior Tory added: “It would be bizarre to keep her in that job when her position over aviation is now the polar opposite of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.”

The Government is expected to publish its long-awaited consultation into airport expansion in the South-east in the next couple of months. While that will not specifically rule out a third runway – and ask for supporters to make a case for it – it will make clear that Government policy is to look for other…….

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The Independent
25th Aug, 2012

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