Heathrow 'needs 3rd runway'

Capacity constraints at Heathrow Airport are restricting growth, according to a new report by MPs which calls for the Government to reverse its position and support a new runway. MP Tim Yeo challenged the PM on the issue yesterday.

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Prime Minister attacked over Heathrow expansion

Planes queue to take off at Heathrow Airport. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.”

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