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Zac Goldsmith resigns as Richmond Park MP

Zac Goldsmith resigns as Richmond Park MP. Credit: PA

Zac Goldsmith resigns as Richmond Park MP, triggering by-election ITV London's political correspondent reports.

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'It shouldn't be either Gatwick or Heathrow but both'

It shouldn't be a decision between expanding either Gatwick or Heathrow but both, a spokeswoman for the Association of British Travel Agents said.

Victoria Bacon told ITV News: "By the time this additional runway gets built in 2025 there will be a need for more capacity so planning right now for the long term is really important. We don't think it's either or, it's both."

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Boris Johnson: 'Undeliverable' runway will be stopped

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said a third runway at Heathrow is "undeliverable", adding: "I think it very likely it will be stopped."

The long-time opponent of Heathrow expansion has been given permission to publicly speak out against the Government decision.

Mr Johnson said the project would cause "inevitable degradation" to the quality of life of people under the potential new flight paths.

"A third runway is undeliverable," he said. "The day when the bulldozers appear is a long way off, if indeed they ever materialise."

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More ministers to speak out against Heathrow plans

Education Secretary Justine Greening and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have led dissent against Heathrow's expansion. Credit: PA

Several ministers will soon join Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening in publicly condemning the Government's plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport, ITV News has learned.

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McDonnell vows to fight 'devastating' runway decision

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has condemned "devastating" Government plans for a third runway at Heathrow and pledged to continue campaigning against its expansion "so that it never sees the light of day".

The Labour MP has long fought the expansion plans at an airport sited within his west London constituency of Hayes and Harlington.

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Good news or a pricy risk? Airline heads mixed on runway

The planned third runway at Heathrow Airport is unlikely to be operational before 2025. Credit: PA

The Government's decision to build a third runway at Heathrow has received a mixed reaction from leading airline chiefs, who variously branded it "good news", a pricy risk or a "piecemeal" expansion that does not go far enough.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways owner IAG, said his group was "pleased" a decision had been made but warned: "The cost of this project will make or break it."

He added: "Heathrow want it, argued for it and now must ensure it's the UK and the travelling public who get the benefits from the runway, not the airport's owners."

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary said the Government should build runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Credit: PA

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said choosing between Heathrow and Gatwick was the wrong approach.

"The best way to deliver additional runways in a timely and cost-efficient manner is to approve three additional runways - one each at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted."

But Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, offered the largest support.

"This is good news for UK consumers and businesses and will help ensure that the UK is better connected to the rest of the world," she said.

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Campaigner: Heathrow expansion 'disastrous'

A plane flies past a Stop Heathrow Expansion sign. Credit: PA

The decision to build a third runway at Heathrow will have a "disastrous impact", an environmental campaigner has said.

Ralph Smyth, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: "Building a third runway at Heathrow would in itself take a huge chunk out of the Green Belt, but creating the biggest airport in the world on London's western edge would have an even more disastrous impact.

"Pressure for extra development would be felt in almost every village from the north of Oxfordshire to the south coast, urbanising and industrialising swathes of our most precious countryside."

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