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Boris: Third runway 'totally nuts'

Boris Johnson today urged the Government to resist the "great Moloch of aviation capacity" and rule out a third runway at Heathrow before the next election. At a rally against expansion, he said it would be "totally nuts" for the Conservatives to go to the polls without having buried the idea.

He said: "It is just too difficult to deliver - 15 years at least it would take to bring about.

"Above all you would be inflicting noise pollution not just on west London but on huge parts of London that don't even know they are going to be affected.

"That is not the right way forward for the greatest city on earth."The protest in Barnes, west London, attracted around 1,000 residents who live under the airport's flight path.

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Boris to attend Heathrow rally

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will today attend a cross-party rally against the highly controversial proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Organisers say they expect thousands to turn out for the protest in Barnes, west London, to voice their opposition to expansion of the travel hub.

The Mayor has previously accused David Cameron of kicking the matter "into the long grass" by delaying an independent report on the future of aviation until after the next election.

He favours a new "Boris island" airport in the Thames Estuary or possible expansion at Stansted.

Former transport secretary Justine Greening is expected to make her first speech on Heathrow since she was moved to international development in September's Cabinet reshuffle amid speculation that it was due to her stance on the issue.

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Is Boris Island pie in sky?

He thinks it's a good idea and he is sticking with it. Despite a new report suggesting that it would cost the tax payer billions to build a floating airport hub in the middle of the Thames Estuary, Lord Mayor Boris Johnson has remained unrelenting in his support for the project.

He brushed over suggestions that expansion at Stansted might now be his preferred option for development of British airport capacity, but conceded it's a possibility. More later.

Sky Town, Kent?

London Mayor Boris Johnson has suggested that a new Kent airport could trigger major expansion. On his tour to India he said an offshore airport in the Thames Estuary may lead to schools, hospitals and further development.

We have an interview with Boris Johnson in India and response from Kent MPs Gordon Henderson and Mark Reckless - plus Kent County Council leader Paul Carter.

Boris still supports island option

In another recent development, London Mayor Boris Johnson met Sir Howard Davies yesterday to restate his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow and to express concern about what he sees an an unnecessarily long timeframe for the commission to report back on aviation options for the south.

Mr Johnson favours a new Thames Estuary airport or possible expansion at Stansted. A poll of MPs earlier this week showed that the so-called "Boris Island" scheme had little support. Of 93 MPs surveyed, only 16 per cent backed the plan, with 46 per cent supporting expansion at Heathrow.

The all-party 2M Group, which represents more than 20 local councils close to Heathrow, has said it will tell the Davies Commission that loosening restrictions on Heathrow's existing runways would destroy the quality of life for flightpath communities on all sides of the west London airport.

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