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Boris: Airports Commission 'behaving like Simon Cowell'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a devastating attack on the government's Airports Commission, accusing it of behaving like Simon Cowell.

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Heathrow expansion 'too toxic' for Government to deliver

Speaking at the aviation conference in London today, Mr Johnson's aviation adviser Daniel Moylan said Mr Johnson had not been consulted about the setting up of the commission and had been "profoundly unsettled" by its interim report.

Heathrow expansion is not any answer at all, for the proven political reason that it is too toxic for any Government to deliver.

To delete the option of a new airport from the process would mean there was only one solution left that satisfied the Commission's remit: a new runway at Heathrow followed by a fourth.

That is not a bargaining position that any Government will accept or a prescription that any Government will deliver.

– Daniel Moylan, Mayor's aviation adviser

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