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Ebola screenings could involve medical assessments

New UK Ebola screening taking place on passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea could involve medical assessments, Downing Street says.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, initial tests will assess passengers' recent travel history, who they have been in contact with and what their onward travel arrangements are.

There may also be a "medical assessment, conducted by trained medical personnel rather than Border Force Staff", a statement said.

Passengers will also be given advice on what to do should they develop symptoms later.

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Osborne: No Ebola screening at UK airports yet

George Osborne has said there are no plans yet to screen arrivals at British airports for the Ebola virus.

Speaking to the BBC the Chancellor said: "If the medical advice is we need to screen, and it might well be, then we will absolutely take that action."

"We're not going to do anything that puts the British population at risk, indeed quite the opposite," he added.

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Hounslow Councillor: Lives are blighted by Heathrow

Hounslow Council and the residents living under Heathrow flight paths have shared their thoughts about a potential expansion of the airport.

In a clip posted on YouTube, one resident said "everybody wants to come to Hounslow", while others complained that they are in a "constant battle" against the noise from the aircrafts.

Councillor Amritpal Mann said "residents' lives are blighted" by the living conditions of air and noise pollution.

"It means their children have to suffer the constant noise that comes from the aircraft in their teaching, their schools and their gardens," he added.

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

Hounslow Council happy 'Boris Island' plans killed off

Hounslow Council has welcomed the Airports Commission's decision not to add the inner Thames estuary proposal to its final shortlist.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader for Hounslow Council, said:

We, like most people, thought Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won’t have to close.

This makes many of the tens of thousands of jobs reliant on the airport more secure in the long term.

We’re proud to have Heathrow on our doorstep and want to see it prosper. But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow. We want the best quality of life possible for our residents now.

– Amrit Mann

"This means better protection from aircraft noise in our homes and schools and better public transport like a massively improved Piccadilly line and a new rail link from the south," he added.

Boris Johnson 'blames civil servants' for airport rejection

Mayor Boris Johnson has blamed civil servants for the rejection of plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary, saying "They can't get their heads around it".

The scheme, championed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, was killed off after the commission said the proposal had "substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits".

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

Howard Davies: Thames Estuary is not the right answer

Speaking after the decision to kill off plans for a "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport, Airport Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, said: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs."

"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's," he added.

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

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Boris Johnson: Rejection is a very temporary setback

Speaking about the rejection of the plans for a new major airport to be built in the Thames Estuary, mayor Boris Johnson has said the "Estuary airport is not dead".

'Londoners deserve an apology from their mayor'

Responding to news that the Airports Commission has ruled a Thames Estuary airport option off its final shortlist, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

Boris Johnson has long known that an estuary airport option was simply not viable, but has ploughed on regardless and wasted more than £5m of taxpayer money pursuing this pie-in-the-sky vanity project.

If anything, Londoners now deserve an apology from their Mayor. He has wasted valuable public money promoting an estuary airport to raise his profile, when the expert evidence all along suggested the idea was environmentally and financially doomed.

– Val Shawcross

Airport plans rejected

A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London was rejected by a government-appointed commission this morning dealing a blow to its high-profile backer, the city's mayor Boris Johnson.

The Airports Commission said the idea to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed Boris Island, had not made the shortlist of options it is considering to expand Britain's runway capacity

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