Heathrow expansion: Support rising among MPs

A new ComRes poll of 130 MPs suggests 74 per cent of MPs now back the third runway - a rise of seven percentage points since the last poll in August.

The government announced its backing for the project in October and according to this latest survey, 80 per cent of Conservative MPs said they would vote for a third runway at Heathrow, up from 71 per cent in August.

Meanwhile, 75 per cent of Labour MPs declared they would back a vote on a third Heathrow runway, suggesting a Parliamentary endorsement of the project if a vote were held today.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow expansion has more political support than ever before because MPs understand that a third Heathrow runway equips our country with the tools we need to thrive in the 21st century. This is why we have the confidence to invest in and to deliver Britain’s new runway.”

Heathrow said the expansion will deliver up to £211bn of economic growth and create up to 180,000 new skilled jobs for the UK, and this can be done while reducing noise for local communities and in accordance with EU air quality law. 

However, the expansion plans have faced criticism from local councils affected by the plans. A group of councils, including Theresa May’s own local council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, have joined forces to mount a legal challenge in the High Court. Calling for judicial review, the council’s argue the airport’s expansion will breach air quality laws.