The current instability and uncertain outlook for Britain’s economy following the vote to leave the EU requires strong leadership and clear, strategic thinking.
One vital part of this is new investment in Heathrow.
The Conservative Government have put internal party rows ahead of economic growth, jobs and the national interest. They could already have given the go ahead to an expanded Heathrow and a third runway. It would guarantee £16 billion of investment in north-west London and help to create 40,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships.
It would make it easier to travel to countries such as India and China, deepening our links and ties with the world’s largest growing economies. The Independent Airports Commission backed Heathrow expanding. Strict environmental requirements, in particular to tackle air and noise pollution, will have to be built into the agreement to go ahead.
But now is not the time to delay further.
We need a plan to bring stability to our economy, encourage investment and create jobs. And we need to send a clear signal that Britain is not retreating from the world, but wants to be at the centre of the global economy, open for business and outward looking.
I support Gareth Thomas' campaign to invest in Heathrow and boost local jobs