Heathrow expansion backed by UK government

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The expansion of London Heathrow Airport has been backed by MPs in the UK government’s House of Commons by 415 votes to 119.

Winning a majority of 296 votes, the expansion will see a third runway constructed at the airport, massively relieving capacity concerns.

Conservative Party MPs were under instruction to widely support the expansion; Labour Party MPs were officially opposed but its politicians were given a free vote on the matter.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, has pledged the fight the decision to expand in court, stating he will join a group of organisations, including Greenpeace UK, to mount a legal battle against it.

In a four-hour debate in the House of Commons, the BBC reported that Chris Grayling, transport minister, pledged that the runway was needed in a post-Brexit world as the UK needed to remain competitive and “clear a path to our future”.

John McDonnell on the other hand stated that thousand-years old villages would be wiped from the face of the earth and urged the house not to vote on the expansion.

With a majority vote of 296 votes, the expansions, it seems so far, is set to move rapidly ahead.