MP welcomes High Court victory

April 9, 2010 3:29 PM

A High Court victory for campaigners against a third runway at Heathrow airport has been welcomed by Wallington and Carshalton Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake.

Along with actress Emma Thompson and impressionist Alastair McGowan, Tom Brake has fiercely opposed the government's plans for the expansion at Heathrow, even taking ownership of a plot of land in the village of Sipson to complicate any compulsory land purchase.

A coalition including six local authorities, Greenpeace and the Campaign to Protect Rural England sought the judicial review into the government's decision to expand which was confirmed last year.

Lord Justice Carnwath recently ruled the government's consultation process was not valid as it was based on figures from eight years ago.

He said it didn't take into account the latest information on climate change and economic benefits. It means that plans for the additional runway have not been scrapped altogether but that the government's policy will have to be reviewed.

Commenting on the news, Tom Brake said 'I have always opposed expansion of Heathrow because of the additional pollution it would create and impact upon local residents from increased flight noise'

Tom Brake's opposition to the third runway dates back to 1997 when he announced Liberal Democrat opposition to the runway at the Liberal Democrat Party conference.

A recent survey conducted among Tom Brake's constituents revealed that 70% were opposed to Heathrow expansion.

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