Campaign group HACAN has welcomed London Mayor Boris Johnson’s pledge that he will “continue to fight against a 3rd runway” if elected as the next MP for Uxbridge. He made it clear when he was selected to fight the seat for the Conservatives on Friday that there was no chance he would change his stance on a third runway.
HACAN chair John Stewart said; “If Boris becomes the next MP for Uxbridge, it will make it much harder for any Conservative Government to build a third runway. Boris will be put it under huge pressure from a constituency within sight of Heathrow. His influence over Labour would obviously be less but a Labour Government could not afford to ignore him. Boris may yet have a decisive say in where a new runway is built”.
Stewart added, “While the short-term speculation will be how Boris will square his desire for a Estuary Airport with the wishes of his most of his Uxbridge constituency to keep Heathrow open, the longer-term impact of his selection may be more important in the airports debate.”
In Uxbridge Boris two main challengers are expected to be Labour’s Chris Summers who wants a ‘better not bigger’ Heathrow and Jack Duffin, a rising star within UKIP and chairman of their youth wing, who has made it clear that UKIP if firmly opposed to a third runway.