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Heathrow: Economic lift-off for UK but turbulence for May

A government decision to build a third runway at Heathrow means the airport will only get much busier.

While the controversial decision might mean economic lift-off for Britain, it spells a period of turbulence for Theresa May as Prime Minister.

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston reports:


Residents protest as businesses welcome Heathrow decision

Lives and livelihoods could be affected in different ways across the country by the Heathrow Airport expansion, ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports.

Nearly 800 homes are threatened by demolition and much of the village of Harmondsworth could end up under the tarmac of the third runway.

Resident Eilish Stone said: "I find it absolutely insulting that people think they can come in bulldoze our home, bulldoze our villages and we are just happy to take the money and run."

But it is also claimed the new runway will boost the UK economy by £211 billion and create 77,000 jobs.

Heathrow decision could be politically risky for Tories

Ministers chose the Heathrow Airport expansion over Gatwick to show, post-Brexit that the UK is "open for business", according to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

The expansion will be paid for by private companies at an estimated £17.6billion, but it is politically risky with critics within the cabinet including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson describing it as "undeliverable".

And the resignation of Zac Goldsmith, triggering a by-election in his Richmond Park constituency has already proven the decision to be politically fragile.

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