Justine Greening makes first speech on Heathrow since move from Department for Transport
Thousands are expected to attend what has been billed as a Mega Rally against Heathrow Expansion on Saturday 27th April. The cross-party rally, organized Zac Goldsmith MP and Richmond Council, will feature the London Mayor Boris Johnson and Putney MP Justine Greening, making her first speech on Heathrow since she was moved from her job as Secretary of State for Transport last September because, it is thought, of her steadfast opposition to expansion of the airport. Amongst the other speakers will be the Business Secretary Vince Cable, Labour MP Andy Slaughter, London Assembly member Tony Arbour and the chair of HACAN John Stewart.
Justine told PutneySW15.com:
"I have campaigned over many years, with our local community, against the expansion of Heathrow. Aircraft noise and night flights are a real cause for concern for many residents. The Prime Minister recently set up the Davies Commission to recommend how to meet the need for additional airport capacity in the UK, and it will be looking at Heathrow Airport as part of this work. This rally has been organised to demonstrate the strength of feeling many communities share against any expansion at Heathrow Airport."
John Stewart said:
“The line-up of speakers shows the strength of political opposition there is to Heathrow expansion. Heathrow Airport and its allies may still be pushing for a third runway but their task is looking more impossible with every passing day. Politicians and the people of London are united against even the thought of expansion”.
Zac Goldsmith said:
“This rally is an opportunity for everyone living under the Heathrow flight path to come together and make clear their opposition to further expansion. We have done so in previous campaigns, and we will keep doing it until this Government gets the message. I want Ministers to be left in no doubt that if they give expansion a green light, they will face a campaign on a truly massive scale.”
April 25, 2013