November 1, 2008
Report: Brown to Back Heathrow Expansion
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Cabinet allies are poised to approve a controversial new runway for Heathrow Airport in London, sources say.
Brown and Transport Minister Geoff Hoon have determined the new runway is vital to Britain's economic competitiveness and will sign off on the plan, perhaps as soon as December, despite opposition from environmentalists, the Conservative Party and even some Labor Party MPs, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.
"The Tories are in the wrong place on this," an unnamed Labor Party official told the Telegraph. "Airport expansion is vital to Britain's interests and we understand that, which is why we believe Heathrow has to be expanded."