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London Mayor Boris Johnson will risk the wrath of Prime Minister David Cameron today by highlighting "unnecessary" delays in formulating aviation policy.
Mr Johnson is expected to repeat calls for his Thames Estuary airport scheme, dubbed "Boris island".
In a speech to business leaders, the mayor is likely to be critical of the timescale of the recently announced, Whitehall-commissioned independent report on aviation being headed by former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies.
David Cameron told former environment secretary Caroline Spelman, 54, part of the reason she was being sacked in the reshuffle was because she was too old, according to the Eastern Daily Press.
Downing Street denied these claims and said in a statement: "As to whether she [Caroline Spelman] was sacked because she was too old, the answer is no. But I'm not going to go into details of private conversations that the Prime Minister has had with ministers."
David Cameron urged his Government to put all its efforts into kickstarting the stalled economy as he held the first meeting of his new Cabinet.
The Prime Minister is poised to appoint former business chief Sir Howard Davies to head up an independent commission to recommend whether a new airport is needed or whether Heathrow should be expanded, the Evening Standard reported.
The recommendation would not come until the summer of 2015, after the next election, the newspaper claimed.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been forced to defend his policy position on a third runway at Heathrow Airport after facing heat from London Mayor Boris Johnson.
ITV News' Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports on the difficulty of division over potential air expansion at a time when the Government is finding little public favour:
A cross-party commission is due to be announced next week on airport capacity, including the divisive issue of a third runway at Heathrow.
The Prime Minister today tried to quell claims he was preparing a policy U-turn, having cleared known opponents of the runway in his Cabinet reshuffle.
He told the Commons: "While I believe we need to establish a form of review that will bring parties together and make a decision about airport capacity, I will not be breaking my manifesto pledge."
Labour said it had been calling for a cross-party commission for a year, and accused Mr Cameron of "weakness and dither" over the issue.
It remains unclear whether the commission will be asked to make its recommendations before the 2015 election.
Number 10 has ruled out a third runway at Heathrow as they are bound by the deal agreed with the Liberal Democrats to form the Coalition two years ago:
Yet Grant Shapp's party colleague and high-profile critic of the third runway proposals, Zac Goldsmith MP, told the Today programme it was "impossible" to not see the reshuffle at the Department of Transport as one preparing for a policy U-turn.
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In fine bombastic Boris style he described himself as an aeronautical Bill Cash, unable to let go until he had changed the status quo.
The Mayor of London challenged the Prime Minister today over his demotion of Justine Greening and vowed to fight any expansion to Heathrow.