MPs approve third runway at Heathrow

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MPs have voted in favour to build a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

After decades of debate, the controversial issue finally was approved in Parliament, with 415 MPs voting in favour of the proposition and 19 against, making for a majority of 296.

Conservative MPs were under orders to support the government, but eight voted against the proposition. Labour’s official position was to oppose expansion, but its MPs were given a free vote. The SNP abstained.

The UK CBI has welcomed this news as “a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK’s global trading relationships.”

Heathrow’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, commented on this milestone for the airport, saying, “Parliament has ended 50 years of debate by deciding that Heathrow expansion will go ahead. This vote will see us deliver more jobs, create a lasting legacy of skills for future generations and guarantee expansion is delivered responsibly.

We are grateful that MPs have made the right choice for Britain and today we start work to create the best-connected hub airport in the world.”