Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Puts May on the Spot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Puts May on the Spot

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Prime Minister Theresa May was urged to end the "dithering" over Heathrow expansion as she was warned a new runway in the south was vital for the continued success of Newcastle Airport.

Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell urged the new Prime Minister to make a decision on Heathrow expansion following months of delay.

Mrs McKinnell, speaking in the House of Commons, said: "Newcastle Airport was voted the best in Britain this week - but the good news they are really waiting for is a decision on Heathrow expansion.

"The Prime Minister knows that Britain needs to be open for business - so will she do better than dithering Dave, and give us a decision without delay?" In response, Mrs May said: "There was the Howard Davies review, and further work has been done on the question of air quality around the proposals put forward.

"The Cabinet and the Government will take a decision, in the proper way, in due course."

Speaking afterwards, Mrs McKinnell said: "Newcastle Airport plays such a vital role in underpinning the North East's economy, and it's clear that - of all the options on the table - Heathrow expansion offers the greatest benefits for our region. …

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