Liberal Democrats are delighted following a ruling by the Court of Appeal today saying that expansion was unlawful because ministers failed to properly consider the impact on the climate and the environment.
The case was brought by Friends of the Earth and others, arguing that Heathrow expansion does not match the UK’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.
The news comes following a New Economics Foundation (NEF) report on Thursday that concluded Heathrow expansion would shift 27,000 jobs to London and the Southeast from other regions, as well as £43 billion of the nation’s income. The Northwest would be the worst affected losing 15,000 jobs by 2050. The report also says that a third runway would produce an extra 4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Liberal Democrat Acting Leader, Ed Davey, said:
"I am delighted that the Court of Appeal have made this decision. Building a third runway at Heathrow would make it almost impossible for the UK to achieve net-zero.
"The Prime Minister once pledged to ‘lie down’ in front of the bulldozers – well he doesn’t even need to do that. If the Conservatives are serious about taking the climate emergency, they should simply cancel Heathrow expansion once and for all.
"Liberal Democrats have always opposed Heathrow expansion and will continue to hold the government to account on their climate change commitments."
Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson and MP for Twickenham, Munira Wilson, said:
"This ruling is a victory for common sense. At a time when we should be promoting greener transport, we cannot allow the expansion of the country’s single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
"The Conservatives for too long have pressed ahead with Heathrow expansion without any consideration for the impact not only on the climate, but also the impact on South-West London.
"Liberal Democrats hope this Tory government will do the sensible thing and consign the proposed third runway to the history books."