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Majority in Prime Minister’s backyard oppose 3rd runway at Heathrow
Campaigners claim that Theresa May would run into trouble locally if she backed a third runway at Heathrow. Lobby group HACAN, which is against Heathrow expansion, has unearthed a poll which shows that less than a third of residents in Windsor and Maidenhead borough, which includes the Prime Minister’s constituency, back a third runway at Heathrow while nearly 40% oppose it. Half the people interviewed in the 2015 MORI Poll commissioned by the borough (1), back a second runway at Gatwick.
HACAN chair John Stewart said, “These findings show just how carefully the Prime Minister will have to tread in coming to her decision about where a new runway should be built. She risks a backlash in her own backyard if she gives the go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow.”
The poll’s findings showed that 31% of people in the borough backed Heathrow Airport’s plans for a third runway, with 38% opposed to it. 50% supported a second runway at Gatwick, with 14% against.
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(1). Details of the survey
For further information:
John Stewart on 0207 737 6631 or 07957385650