Lib Dems claim Stansted expansion victory

Weelcome for Labour’s change of heart over a second runway

LIBERAL Democrats have claimed victory in the fight to stock the expansion of Stansted Airport.

Following yesterday’s Labour manifesto commitments to rule out a second runway at the Mid Essex airport until the future size of Heathrow had been decided, Peter Wilcock who is the Lib Dem candidate for Saffron Walden said: “It’s amazing what en election can do!”

Mr Wilcock said: “Seven years after the Liberal Democrats pledged to fight the building of any more runways in the South East, including at Stansted, Labour has finally admitted its mistake and come out against Stansted expansion,

“I am calling on the British Airports Authority to drop its Runway Two planning application, to remove the blight from towns and villages near Stansted.

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“It is clear from the way that their position has changed so frequently that neither the Conservatives - many of whom are in denial about climate change - not Labour have any principled objection to airport expansion.”

The Lib Dems’ transport spokesman Norman Baker said: “Any party that supports a third runway at Heathrow cannot be serious about climate change.

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“Only the Liberal Democrats can guarantee there will be no airport expansion across London and the South East.”

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