Martin Salter - working hard for Reading West

Salter Backs Bill to Force Vote on Heathrow Expansion

Reading West MP Martin Salter has successfully sponsored a cross-party Ten Minute Rule Bill that would allow Parliament to vote on any proposed major airport expansion. The Airport Expansion (Parliamentary Approval) Bill would amend the Planning Act 2008 to require Parliamentary approval before new airports and new runways at existing airports could be built. Ten Minute Rule Bills usually fail to achieve progress in the Commons but the Government unexpectedly lost a vote on Tuesday by 247 to 203 and the Bill will now proceed to the Second Reading stage.

Mr Salter, who helped lead the campaign against the third runway at Heathrow, is one of ten sponsors of the Bill which was tabled by the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, Susan Kramer.

Mr Salter said:-

“I’ve promised my constituents that I will fight tooth and nail against the ill-conceived third Heathrow runway. Last year in my Commons speech, I argued that the runway should not go ahead without a vote in Parliament and this Ten Minute Rule Bill is a useful means by which to continue to press the arguments. A third runway at Heathrow is unnecessary and will be environmentally damaging. I’m delighted that our Bill caught the Government on the hop, and will now get another day in the sun later on in the Parliamentary session. It is clear that the Heathrow runway battle is far from over.”

Susan Kramer MP, who leads the Liberal Democrats’ campaign against the expansion of Heathrow said:-

“A third runway at Heathrow will be a climate change catastrophe. Politicians on all sides have raised fundamental concerns, but their voices have been stifled by the Government. This is an issue of democracy as much as it is an issue of climate change”