The Davies Commission’s interim report published yesterday has elicited many column inches in the newspapers but little clarity from the other two major parties as to the basis on which they will judge the final report.
In contrast, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats made our approach to the Davies Commission clear yesterday. We will not endorse an expansion in airport capacity which would increase noise pollution for the hundreds of thousands of residents living beneath the flight path or break the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations on aviation. Of course we will look at what the final Davies Report recommends, but we are a party which believes in evidence-based policy making and we have not seen any evidence that expansion at Heathrow could be done without increasing current noise and air pollution; as such the Liberal Democrats continue to oppose Heathrow expansion.
As someone who has campaigned for many years against Heathrow expansion alongside my colleagues in Richmond Park constituency, I am delighted that working together with Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats in Government have adopted this approach, as it is the basis on which we have always opposed the expansion of Heathrow and continue to do so as a party.
* Edward Davey is Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and MP for Kingston and Surbiton