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Downing Street said the coalition would stick by its commitment that there would not be a third runway.
Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, disagreed with Tim Yeo, head of the Commons energy and climate change committee, that a third runway should be built at Heathrow. However he said that the country should build a new hub.
Tim Yeo, a former environment minister and head of the Commons energy and climate change committee, has told ITV News he thought the Prime Minister would show he was a "man, not a mouse" over the third runway at Heathrow.
Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, said he is against a third runway at Heathrow but in favour of a new Thames Estuary airport.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening told the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme it "would be difficult" for her to sit on a Cabinet that supported a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
The Transport Secretary Justine Greening has told BBC Breakfast that she is against a third runway at Heathrow, after a strong attack on the Prime Minister over the issue by the Conservative chair of the Commons energy and climate change committee.
Tim Yeo, a former environment minister and head of the Commons climate change committee, told the Daily Telegraph that the “environmental objections” to the expansion of Heathrow are “disappearing”.
Business leaders are keen to see the expansion of the airport, while Grant Shapps, the housing minister, said Britain must consider building a third runway at Heathrow if it is to remain a “great trading nation”.
However, the Liberal Democrats are expected to oppose a third runway on environmental grounds.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to decide whether he is "man or mouse" by former environment minister and head of the Parliamentary climate change committee Tim Yeo.
In a stinging attack published in today's Daily Telegraph Mr Yeo says giving the go-ahead for a third runway would "symbolise the start of a new era" for the Coalition government:
"The Prime Minister must ask himself whether he is man or mouse. Does he want to be another Harold Macmillan, presiding over a dignified slide towards insignificance?
An immediate go-ahead for a third runway will symbolise the start of a new era, the moment the Cameron government found its sense of mission. Let’s go for it.”
Latest ITV News reports
David Cameron has been challenged by senior backbencher Tim Yeo to show whether he's a man or a mouse over expansion at Heathrow.
The Coalition will keep its pledge not to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport despite renewed pressure, Downing Street said.