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GMB London supports Heathrow expansion to help kick start the economy

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GMB London will today be supporting Back Heathrow’s appeal at the Supreme Court over its plan for expansion and the creation of jobs that the economy so desperately needs

We need expansion to kick start the economy, says Back Heathrow

Speaking on the day of Heathrow airport’s appeal to the Supreme Court over its plan for a new runway, Parmjit Dhanda, executive director of Back Heathrow said that the court decision could kick start a jobs recovery.

Mr Dhanda said:

“Although this appeal is a technical one about whether the Government took the Paris Agreement into account when agreeing its national policy on airports, the need to create jobs for the future is more important than ever.

“We hope the Supreme Court will back the verdict of an independent commission and a Parliamentary majority of 296 votes and allow expansion at Heathrow. It is clear that this privately funded infrastructure project can create the thousands of jobs and apprenticeships that will help to kick-start a jobs recovery for our country. This can and will be done in accordance with climate change agreements.”

Back Heathrow believes that the existing Airports National Policy Statement already makes clear that approval for expansion would be refused if it impacted the UK’s ability to meet carbon, air and noise targets.

Mr Dhanda added:

The Coronavirus pandemic has created a dire situation for airports, airlines and the wider supply chain, with businesses employing hundreds of thousands of people either collapsing or on the brink. A huge hole has been blasted in our national economy, leaving the country woefully underprepared for life in a post-Brexit world. Heathrow expansion presents a great opportunity for our country.”

The Appeal Court ruled against a new runway in February, stating that it did not contain legal commitments on carbon targets set out in the Paris Agreement. All other objections to expansion were not upheld.

Perry Phillips, GMB London Region Organiser said:

“The aviation industry is on its knees due to the pandemic, but the government isn’t providing sufficient support to save thousands of jobs in aviation and the supply chain, let’s get on and build it. Billions for the much-needed UK economy and creating thousands of jobs that ensure the project meets climate change and green commitments”.

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Perry Phillips, GMB London Region Organiser 079 1229 3481

GMB London Press Office 079 7001 9643

Notes to Editors

Back Heathrow is a community organisation with over 100,000 supporters in west London and the Thames Valley who back Heathrow expansion. Independent polling by Populus states that more people in the 16 of 18 constituencies adjacent to Heathrow support expansion than oppose it.

Previous GMB Press releases

GMB welcome result of Commons vote as 3rd runway at Heathrow is backed by MPs (26 June 2018)

https://www.gmblondon.org.uk/news/gmb-welcome-result-of-third-runway-at-heathrow 

GMB send open letter to MPs to back third runway bid (11 May 2018)

https://www.gmblondon.org.uk/news/gmb-send-open-letter-to-mps-to-back-third-runway-bid

GMB welcome Parliament vote on 3rd Heathrow runway (23 March 2018)

https://www.gmblondon.org.uk/news/gmb-welcome-parliament-vote-on-3rd-heathrow-runway

GMB call on Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd to stick to London Living Wage promises (26 Feb 2018)

https://www.gmblondon.org.uk/news/gmb-call-on-heathrow-airport-holdings-ltd-to-stick-to-london-living-wage-promises

GMB stress importance of getting on with third runway at Heathrow (17 January 2018)

https://www.gmblondon.org.uk/news/gmb-stress-importance-of-getting-on-with-third-runway-at-heathrow

GMB London call for consultation to be final round in go ahead for Heathrow 3rd runway (2 February 2017)

https://www.gmblondon.org.uk/news/gmb-london-call-for-consultation-to-be-final-round-in-go-ahead-for-heathrow-3rd-runway