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MPs vote emphatically in favour of Heathrow Airport expansion
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MPs vote emphatically in favour of Heathrow Airport expansion

MPs have voted emphatically to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport in the ‘landmark’ vote.

The House of Commons was given the final vote on plans to expand the capacity at the UK’s busiest airport which will create jobs and add billions to the UK’s economy.

When put to a vote on the evening of Monday 25 June, the result was emphatic: 415 MPs voted for the £14 billion project while 119 voted against the plans. This is a majority of 296.

The government imposed a three-line whip on the vote, meaning the Conservatives expected every one of its MPs to vote for expansion. Eight rebelled against this, including long term critics such as Zac Goldsmith, Justine Greening and Greg Hands – who resigned from his position as Trade Minister to fully oppose the expansion.

Others either abstained or stayed away, with the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson the most high profile absentee.

Heathrow Airport is understandably delighted by the decision of Parliament, describing the vote as ‘landmark’, and say it now clears the way for an application for development consent fort he project.

Heathrow say this will unlock billions of pounds for the economy – £74 billion is the latest estimate – and tens of thousands of new jobs will be created.

Over the next year, £150 million in contracts will be signed with British businesses, creating 1,100 new roles consisting of jobs and apprenticeships.

Logistics hubs across the country will soon be announced too, where businesses across the country will be able to contribute to this project.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO, said: “Parliament has ended 50 years of debate by deciding that Heathrow expansion will go ahead.

“This vote will see us deliver more jobs, create a lasting legacy of skills for future generations and guarantee expansion is delivered responsibly.

“We are grateful that MPs have made the right choice for Britain and today we start work to create the best connected hub airport in the world.”

Construction should begin in 2021.

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