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Heathrow expansion leads press coverage of party conferences

Media references to transport were few and far between in newspapers’ coverage of the annual political party conferences. The expansion of Heathrow Airport (or not, as the case may be) was an exception.

Ric Thomas
13 October 2017
Transport secretary Chris Grayling (left) was strongly positive about the prospects for Heathrow Airport expansion during his party conference speech but Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was equally adamant that a third runway will not be built at the airport during a meeting at his party’s conference
Transport secretary Chris Grayling (left) was strongly positive about the prospects for Heathrow Airport expansion during his party conference speech but Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was equally adamant that a third runway will not be built at the airport during a meeting at his party’s conference

 

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s speech to the Conservative Party’s annual conference on 2 October attracted little media coverage, apart from his assertion that the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport would be given the go-ahead by government “within MONTHS”, as The Daily Express put it. “Theresa May backed a £17bn expansion of the London airport last October, but it is still consulting on the impact on air quality and overall aviation...

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