Heathrow Airport expansion would be scrapped under Labour’s plans to tackle the climate crisis, the party’s two most powerful figures signalled today.
Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell made clear the third runway could be a victim of efforts to make the UK carbon-neutral by 2030.
The move came as Labour scrambles to suck up Green votes ahead of the election on December 12.
Parliament gave the go-ahead last year for the expansion of the London hub , which published its ‘masterplan’ in June to build a third runway by 2026.
Boris Johnson previously vowed to ‘lie down in front of the bulldozers’ to stop the project, but was absent in Afghanistan on the day of the crunch vote.
Mr Corbyn underlined the importance of the environment as an election battleground today as he talked up Warm Homes for All – Labour’s plan to upgrade almost every home in the UK with energy-saving measures.
Parliament gave the go-ahead last year for the expansion of Heathrow (pictured), which published its ‘masterplan’ in June to build a third runway by 2026
Mr Corbyn underlined the importance of the environment as an election battleground during a visit in his Islington constituency today
Asked about the Heathrow issue, Mr Corbyn said: ‘It’s got to meet all the requests and requirements on noise, on pollution, on CO2 emissions, and those are the tests that we apply to all airport developments.
PM faces Extinction Rebellion threat in Uxbridge seat
Boris Johnson is facing a new election threat as the Extinction Rebellion campaign launches a bid to oust him in Uxbridge.
The PM could face a struggle to hold on to his constituency after the environmental protesters vowed to mobilise opposition to the HS2 rail project.
Mr Johnson has a majority of just over 5,000 in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and it would take a swing of just over 5 per cent for Labour to snatch victory.
Defeat would make Mr Johnson the first premier in modern times to lose his seat at a general election.
Momentum has already pledged to send hundreds of volunteers out knocking on doors.
He added: ‘It has to meet those tests and that is the reason why I opposed it when it last came to Parliament because, in my view, it did not meet those tests.’
Earlier, Mr McDonnell gave another strong indication of Labour’s intentions as he appeared on the BBC Andrew Marr show.
He said: ‘We set ourselves criteria, one of which was environmental impact, the other was also economic impact and social impact.
‘On the current criteria, we’ve said very clearly, Heathrow expansion doesn’t qualify.’
Pressed if Labour would cancel the new runway, he said: ‘At the moment it does not qualify based on the criteria we set out.’
Other expansions across the country including in Manchester would also be considered under the criteria, he said.
The Heathrow row reignited after Mr Johnson announced last week that the Tories’ long-standing support for fracking was being ditched.
He had previously said the technique, which uses pressure to extract gas from the ground, was ‘an answer to the people’s prayers’ and branded criticism – such as over the dangers of earthquakes – ‘ludicrous’.
But with the election looming Mr Johnson has now said he has ‘very considerable anxieties’ about the process.
Earlier, Mr McDonnell gave another strong indication of Labour’s intentions as he appeared on the BBC Andrew Marr show
Boris Johnson previously vowed to ‘lie down in front of the bulldozers’ to stop the Heathrow project, but was absent for the crunch vote