John McDonnell vows to keep fighting against 'devastating' third runway at Heathrow

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has vowed to continue campaigning against government plans for a third runway at Heathrow and labelled them as 'devastating'.

The Hayes and Harlington MP has publicly campaigned against the runway and has vowed to persist 'so it never sees the light of day'.

He highlighted that up to 10,000 people could be removed from their homes, as well as an increase in air pollution and noise levels.

Releasing a statement via his Twitter account today, Mr McDonnell said: “I’ve campaigned against this runway for over 30 years and in that time Heathrow have never managed to win the argument for expansion which still remains the case today

“Nothing has changed. Building a third runway would be devastating for local residents who face losing their homes, schools, community centre and village life. It also remains a disaster for air pollution, noise levels and our effort to tackle climate change.

“4000 homes face the prospect of either being demolished or rendered unliveable by air pollution and noise. This means 8 to 10 thousand people being forcibly removed from their homes. We have not seen anything on this scale in our country’s history.

“I’ll continue to support my constituents in campaigning against this runway so it never sees the light of day.”

Mr McDonnell will host a public meeting on Heathrow’s third runway plan at 7.30pm on Monday 31st October at Heathrow Primary School.

Rob Guest, Hillingdon Times 25th October


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