GMB Calls Out "Theresa May's Fudge" As Past Words On Airport Expansion Delays Come Back To Haunt PM
Further delay on airport expansion expose Government chaos and Prime Minister's hypocrisy, union warns
GMB, Britain's general union, today accused Prime Minister Theresa of an abdication of responsibility over fresh delays scuppered an expected an announcement on Heathrow Airport expansion.
The comments come as a letter emerged from the Prime Minister to ministers suspending collective responsibility on Heathrow and confirming there would be no parliamentary vote for at least a year until a National Planning Statement.
The union, which represents workers at Heathrow, said the Prime Minister was guilty of hypocrisy, having lambasted the previous Government over its lack of air transport strategy.
Responding to the announcement of a White Paper on air transport in 2003, May, then Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport stated: "Far from setting a clear way forward for air transport in the UK, today's announcement is a fudge from an incompetent Government, which will deliver only blight to millions of people living around airports across the country."
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Transport and Distribution said:
"This Conservative chaos and division over Heathrow is setting our country's industrial infrastructure back. Thirteen years ago Theresa May lambasted the Labour government for uncertainty on Heathrow expansion but now she is in a position to do something about it she dithers and delays. Theresa May's fudge has a bitter taste for the workers whose livelihoods depend on a third runway at Heathrow. The Prime Minister's words from 2003 will come back to haunt her."
“A decision over Heathrow expansion is now a matter of urgency as 180,000 new jobs and 10,000 new apprenticeships hang in the balance. A predicted £211 billion in economic benefits – not to mention a much needed shot in the arm for UK steel industry – could not come at a more crucial time. There is no good reason to delay this decision any longer."
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Notes to editors
Air Transport– in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 16 December 2003.
Letter from Prime Minister via Faisal Islam