Firm targeted in 'Pinocchio' protest

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners in Pinocchio-style long noses yesterday protested outside the annual general meeting of airports operator BAA, claiming the company was economical with the truth and had broken promises.

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners in Pinocchio-style long noses yesterday protested outside the annual general meeting of airports operator BAA, claiming the company was economical with the truth and had broken promises.

About a dozen protesters from Friends of the Earth (FoE) wore the noses outside the QE2 Conference Centre in Westminster.

FoE aviation campaigner Paul de Zylva said: "We are protesting over the company's broken promises. For example, during the Heathrow Terminal 5 public inquiry, BAA repeatedly claimed that T5 would not lead to a third runway, but now they are backing one.

"We think they have broken promises and are economical with the truth."


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There were also some protesters from the group Stop Stansted Expansion.

Mike Fairchild, 64, of Little Hadham, near Stansted, said: "We want an end to expansion at all South East airports. We want introduction of a tax on aviation fuel to dampen demand so no more expansion is necessary.'

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One campaigner against the expansion of Stansted, Brian Ross, a private shareholder, was expected to challenge the company to allow shareholders to vote on free parking permits worth more than £1,300 a year, which he says are currently given to a total of 837 MPs, MEPs and members of the House of Lords.

He claims that this is a £1.1m-a-year political donation which needs shareholder approval.

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