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War of words on pros and cons of Heathrow expansion remains heated

Despite a strongly-worded public statement from aviation minister Theresa Villiers that the Government is definitely opposed to a third runway at Heathrow, advocates of expansion at the airport have by no means given up the cause, and are continuing to use the media to promote their views

Rik Thomas

The ‘will they, won’t they’ debate in the media about whether the Government is, or is not, planning to rethink its opposition to a third runway at Heathrow Airport, not to mention the argument as to whether such a rethink would be a good idea, or not, remained intense in mid-April. The latest burst of coverage was generated by a speech by transport minister Theresa Villiers in which she appeared to rule this U-turn out. “The aviation minister on Wednesday strongly...

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