Greening’s departure leaves Tories at war over Heathrow

From The Independent

The expansion of Heathrow was firmly back on the Conservative agenda last night after Justine Greening – a fierce opponent of building a third runway at Britain’s busiest airport – was demoted in the Cabinet reshuffle. 

Her removal as Transport Secretary provoked turmoil in Tory ranks and was condemned by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the environmentalist Conservative MP, Zac Goldsmith.

The Government has come under pressure from business leaders and Conservative MPs to take a swift decision on expanding Heathrow in an effort to increase airport capacity in the South-east of England. The Tories opposed building a third runway in their last manifesto and the Coalition Agreement rules it out until 2015, but Chancellor George Osborne is pressing for a policy rethink in time for the next general election.

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