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The real political battle starts now

Any hopes that the Davies Report would resolve the airports issue once and for all were dashed within minutes of it being published.

Boris Johnson led the attack - saying an extra runway at Heathrow is undeliverable, will never happen, and is the sort of scheme you'd have got in 1950s Communist China.

Would-be Mayor of London Zac Goldsmith says Davies had made up his mind on Heathrow before the process began. Davies has accused him of "lying".

How much easier, politically, it would have been for the Government if Davies had agreed with those adverts saying it obviously had to be Gatwick. Some MPs in Sussex, Surrey and Kent would have been outraged, but Mr Cameron could have lived with that.

The political opposition to Heathrow will be on a dramatically different scale. It could lead to a Tory revolt at Westminster, at least one parliamentary by-election and it could dominate next year's Mayoral election in London: some people want to turn that into a referendum on Heathrow.

The history of big infrastructure projects in the country is one of almost endless delays and indecision. It looks like this one will be no different.

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Boris Johnson: Heathrow runway 'will never be built'

Boris Johnson has said that he is "disappointed" with the Airport Commission's recommendations and predicted that a third runway at Heathrow would never be built.

In a tweet the Mayor of London said: "Davies commission pro Heathrow is disappointing - compounds not solves issue - destined for vertical filing as 3rd r/way will never be built."

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Greenpeace: Heathrow expansion a 'can of worms' for Cameron

A 'no third runway' signs in the village of Sipson near Heathrow Airport. Credit: PA

The recommendation for a new runway at Heathrow Airport sparked fresh debate on the environmental impact of the plan and stirred up further political debate.

Local campaigners and environmental groups vowed to continue their protests against the expansion, as business leaders broadly welcomed the plans.

Green groups attacked the announcement because of the likely impact on the environment.

Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said:

A third runway at Heathrow is an environmental and political minefield. It would jeopardise the UK's climate targets, worsen air pollution in London, and open up a political can of worms for David Cameron.

– John Sauven, Greenpeace

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Windsor and Maidenhead 'disappointed' with Heathrow announcement

The Royal Borough of WIndsor and Maidenhead is disappointed with the decision by the Airports Commission to recommend Heathrow as its preferred choice for proposed expansion.

The council backs the expansion plans for Gatwick on economic grounds -also, it says, representing the least environmentally damaging option.

Councillor Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “I am extremely disappointed that the Airports Commission has backed proposals to expand Heathrow despite all the evidence that this is not the best option.

“Gatwick has presented a stronger case and we are extremely concerned about the negative impact expansion at Heathrow would have on our residents.

“We will now be calling upon the Government to go against the recommendations of the Airports Commission’s report and choose plans for expansion at Gatwick Airport.

“A final decision has not yet been made and we will continue to make the strongest case possible against the Heathrow expansion plans.”

ABTA welcomes Heathrow announcement

ABTA welcomes the Heathrow announcement Credit: ITV

ABTA welcomes today’s announcement by the Airports Commission that Heathrow Airport should be allowed to build a third runway. Increasing airport capacity is essential to the UK’s growth and global competitiveness; we are pleased that this recommendation has been arrived at through fair, transparent, and thorough processes and consultations.

Today’s announcement is the first step towards the delivery of urgently needed capacity at the UK’s hub airport and we now look forward to the Government’s response.

We call on Government to work across party boundaries and create a robust political consensus which will deliver this recommendation for UK businesses and passengers. ABTA will be working with the Government, as well as the opposition front benches to help build consensus.

– Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive

Airport decision is 'once in a generation opportunity', says Transport Secretary

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My department has received the final report from the Airports Commission and will now consider that advice in detail.

As a nation we must be ambitious and forward looking. This is a once in a generation opportunity to answer a vital question.

I will make a statement to Parliament later today in which I will set out the process for that decision to be made.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary
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