Government prepared for U-turn as Heathrow’s third runway debacle costs Justine Greening her job: Daily Mail

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Heathrow
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[Daily Mail] Transport Secretary Justine Greening was demoted  today as the Government prepared for a U-turn on building a controversial third runway at Heathrow.

Ms Greening was today moved by the PM to International Development - a week after she threatened to quit over Heathrow. Photo Wikipedia

Ms Greening was today moved by the PM to International Development – a week after she threatened to quit over Heathrow. Photo Wikipedia

She was moved to the International Development portfolio just a week after she threatened to quit the Cabinet if  David Cameron pursued the unpopular expansion of Britain’s biggest airport. If the Prime Minister decided to back a third  runway it would go against one of his key election pledges in  2010.

Ms Greening was pictured looking glum as she left Downing Street this morning after Mr Cameron told her she was out of the Transport job and would be replaced by Patrick McLoughlin.

She had been in the Prime Minister’s office  for more than an hour before rushing out of the door and into a waiting car  without speaking to reporters. Soon afterwards Boris Johnson, who is more  popular than rival David Cameron according to opinion polls, weighed in and said  Greening’s demotion shows the Prime Minister is intent on the ‘simply mad’  expansion of Heathrow Airport.

The Mayor of London warned he would fight any moves to build a new runway ‘all the way’ and accused ministers of failing to be straight. Calling Greening a ‘first-rate transport  secretary’ he said: ‘There can be only one reason to move her – and that is to  expand  Heathrow airport.

Downing Street insists the Government's position is unchanged since the coalition agreement of 2010, which committed ministers to scrapping extra runway plans drawn up under Labour. Photo Wikipedia

Downing Street insists the Government’s position is unchanged since the coalition agreement of 2010, which committed ministers to scrapping extra runway plans drawn up under Labour. Photo Wikipedia

‘It is simply mad to build a new runway in the middle of West London. Nearly a third of the victims of aircraft noise in the whole of Europe live in the vicinity of Heathrow.

‘Now it is clear that the Government wants to ditch its promises and send yet more planes over central London…..

Read the full story at The Daily Mail…..


Daily Mail
4th Sept, 2012


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