Jun 25, 2018

Heathrow Airport: MPs gear up for crunch third runway vote

MPs will decide whether to build a third runway at Heathrow airport later, in a vote likely to expose splits in both Labour and Tory ranks. The foreign secretary is facing criticism for missing the vote, as he will be promoting UK trade abroad. Other Tory MPs will be ordered to back a third runway with Labour MPs given a free vote. With the government issuing a three-line whip to its MPs - and about 40 Labour MPs expected to vote with them - it is widely expected that the expansion plan will get Commons backing. Which had been expected to vote with the government, could decide to vote against expansion, sources have told the BBC, making the vote closer than previously expected. Boris Johnson, who is MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in west London, has faced criticism for his absence from the vote, having a been a vocal opponent of a third runway as London mayor, when he was promoting a scheme for a new airport in the Thames estuary.

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