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Thanet MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, have this week met with the CEO of RiverOak, Steve DeNardo, and fellow directors who wish to purchase Manston. They want re-open the airfield as an operating airport.
Manston Airport closed on 15 May after owner Ann Gloag rejected bids from RiverOak who offered the full asking price for the airfield. 144 people lost their jobs.
At the meeting at the House of Commons, RiverOak reaffirmed their desire to buy the airfield and reiterated their faith in its future as a significant cargo-handling and possible future passenger centre.
Following their discussions with Mr. DeNardo Thanet`s MPs have said in a joint statement:
“It is clear that RiverOak are committed in their determination to acquire and to operate Manston as an airport, with all the job-creating potential that will flow from that.
There are, of course, obstacles to be overcome and much will depend upon the ability of Thanet District Council to bring a Compulsory Purchase Order to a satisfactory conclusion but with cross-party political support that exists we believe that this can be achieved.
Literally and metaphorically we and RiverOak are in this for the long haul. The due processes may take a little time but we intend to realise our objective and to see planes flying from Manston once again.”
Further meetings will follow later this week. Owner Ann Gloag has said it's unlikely any decision about the future of the airport will be made in the next couple of months. She is due to meet with Thanet Council in July.
Video. A man infected by contaminated blood during NHS transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s met David Cameron today, less than a month after protests at the PM's Oxfordshire constituency office.
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The prime Minister today visited the new Emergency Multidisciplinary Unit at Witney Community Hospital in his role as local Oxfordshire MP.
– David Cameron PM
It is fantastic to be able to meet patients and staff at this innovative new unit. Finding new ways to deliver care that meets people’s needs is exactly what we need to do be doing to develop the NHS of tomorrow. Witney EMU is a great example of that.”
– Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Stuart Bell CBE
We’re delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to our Witney EMU. Patients tell us that they want to be treated closer to home, with the minimum disruption to their lives and to maintain as much independence as possible. The EMU supports that by delivering responsive joined up health and social care tailored around their needs. We believe this model of care holds great promise for the future.
Campaigners fighting on behalf of people who received contaminated blood during medical treatment in the 70s and 80s will meet with David Cameron today to discuss their concerns. Around five thousand people contracted Hepatitis C or HIV - two thousand have already died.
David Cameron will meet with David Leadbetter at his Oxfordshire constituency office. David is a **haemophiliac who contracted hep C in the 80s. The contaminated blood campaign group is calling on the government to do away with the phased payments to sufferers.
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