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Claims Thatcher would back Thames estuary airport

In a speech that roved across a wide-range of national policy areas, London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed that the former premier would back his plans for an airport in the Thames estuary.

He insisted she would row back on the decision under her tenure to cancel plans for a third airport in the capital.

In his What Would Thatcher do? speech, he said:

"Does anyone doubt that she would have the cojones to rectify that second mistake, and give this country the 24 hour hub airport, with four runways, that it needs? When she was in power there were flights from Heathrow to more destinations than from any other European airport."Would she sit back and watch the rest of them eat our lunch - the French and the Dutch and the Spanish, the Finns, for heaven's sake, who now send more flights to China than we do?

"She would understand that the plane is the 21st century means of travel, and the vital importance of connectivity to her vision of Britain: open, free-trading, as turned to Asia and Latin America as it is to its traditional markets."She would see that the best place to build that airport would be to the east of the city, which is, indeed, the area with the biggest potential for new homes."

– BORIS JOHNSON, MAYOR OF LONDON