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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.


"False Dalai Lama, stop lying" - protestors chant to Tibetan spiritual leader

Hundreds of people are protesting against the Dalai Lama's visit to a community centre in Aldershot.

The Shugden community claim they have been shunned and persecuted by the Dalai Lama. The dispute stems from a difference in religious beliefs.

The Tibetan spiritual leader used to adhere to the same practices as the Shugden but rejected them in 1975.

Hundreds protest Dalai Lama visit

Hundreds of demonstrators are protesting the arrival of the Dalai Lama in Aldershot.

The members of the Shugden Buddhist community say they are being persecuted by the Dalai Lama in places like India and Tibet.

More than 700 protestors are expected at the Buddhist community centre throughout the day.

The Shugden community are Tibetan Buddhists that worship a specific controversial spirit. The Tibetan spiritual leader used to follow Shugden practices but distanced himself from them in 1975.

Members of the Shugden community are protesting the visit Credit: Divya Kohli

Dalai Lama arrives to colourful reception in Aldershot

The Dalai Lama, has arrived in Aldershot to mark the opening of a new Buddhist community centre.

The Tibetan spiritual leader in exile will speak about Buddhism in the '21st Century' and lead prayers for the victims of the recent Nepalese earthquakes

Aldershot has a large Buddhist community Credit: Divya Kohli

The Dalai Lama, who turns 80 next week, is being welcomed by the Buddhist Community Centre UK in Aldershot. The town has a large Nepalese Buddhist community. Tibetan Buddhism is widely practised in Nepal.

A protest has been planned in opposition to the visit by members of the Shugden Buddhist community, who claim to be persecuted by the Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama to visit Aldershot

He's known around the world for spreading a message of peace and today the spiritual leader of Nepal is to visit Aldershot later.

The Dalai Lama has been invited by the expats from Nepal now living in the UK.

In 2012, he addressed the village, speaking about his mutual respect and religious harmony.

The 79-year-old, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, will meet with members of the community during today's visit.

The Dalai Lama during his visit to Hampshire three years ago Credit: ITV Meridian


Leading role for Reckless in the Welsh elections

Mark Reckless to take leading role in Welsh Assembly Credit: ITV News Meridian

A former Rochester and Strood MP who defected from the Conservatives to UKIP is to take a leading role in the Welsh elections.

Mark Reckless will write UKIP's manifesto for next year's election in Wales. He says he'll now spend part of his time in Wales working with members. UKIP is on course to win a handful of seats in the Cardiff Assembly in the election next May.

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