Labour conference: MPs were ‘conned’ on a third runway, says McDonnell

The next Labour government will halt plans to expand Heathrow Airport, according to a speech made by shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

“To put it simply, we’ve got to kill this bloody thing off,” he told a meeting on the conference fringe yesterday, mentioning that he had been fighting the same proposal since 1982. The airport’s directors had been “lying” when they said that the fifth terminal would be the last and that they would not seek to build another runway.

McDonnell claimed that members of parliament were also deceived into thinking that building a third runway at Heathrow would benefit the whole country. An effective lobbying campaign led to MPs being “conned into feeling that Heathrow expansion was absolutely central to the expansion of our economy – which it absolutely isn’t.”

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