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LISTEN IN: MPs and businesses back Heathrow expansion

Business and political leaders met at a Let Britain Fly Westminster breakfast briefing to discuss the implementation of the Airports Commission’s recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow.

The meeting was staged to put pressure on the Government to respond to the Commission’s recommendation as quickly as possible and commit to an early Parliamentary vote.

Speaking at the event were Michael Spencer, Group CEO, ICAP; Surinder Arora, Founder & CEO of Arora International; and Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods.

They explained why they think UK Plc needs extra capacity in the South East, warning that if Ministers continue to delay a decision on airport expansion this will have a negative impact on Britain’s economic competitiveness.

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Also speaking were Drew Hendry, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (SNP); Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside & chair of the Transport Select Committee (Labour); and Steve Double, MP for St Austell & Newquay (Conservative).

They explained why it is in the national interest to implement the recommendations of the Airports Commission.

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Media coverage of the event included the front page of City AM and also an opinion piece from Michael Spencer, chief executive of Icap.

The event was also addressed by Heathrow Airport Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye.

At a previous event, John Holland-Kaye explained why a new runway is not about laying concrete, it’s about the future of the UK and whether we want to be one of the world’s leading trading nations.

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Contact: Gavin Hayes, ghayes@londonfirst.co.uk

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