Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Jim Pickard

David Cameron faces a backlash from 2m voters living under the Heathrow flight path if he “betrays” them by authorising the expansion of the airport, Zac Goldsmith has warned.

The Richmond MP, widely seen as the green conscience of the Tory party, told the Financial Times that voters in west London would punish the coalition at the ballot box if ministers reneged on their promise not to allow a third runway.

Goldsmith said that the renewed pressure on the government to change its course was “scaremongering” given that Heathrow already had more flights to business destinations than any other European airport.

“Simply calling on government to double the size of Heathrow is lazy half-thinking by people who ought to know better, but who have been captured by

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